The late Andy Warhol continues to attract a lot of attention -- and, Sotheby's hopes, dollars. The pop artist's private collection of objects and jewelry is going on sale April 23 at the auction house, and interest is so high that for the first time a Sotheby's catalogue will be on sale in bookstores before an auction. Publisher Harry N. Abrams Inc. will distribute the catalogue, which comes in a slip-case, six-volume set and will sell for a tidy $95.

Warhol's collection includes a variety of objects, such as art nouveau and art deco items, fashion jewelry, furniture, watches, Indian art, Americana, even pillows and colorful Fiestaware dishes, cups and saucers. The catalogues will also include entries from Warhol's diaries and photos of him, his home and his friends. The collection, which is made up of more than 6,000 items, is described by Sotheby's Chairman John L. Marion as "extraordinary in its diversity and in its concentration of quality." Out and About

It will probably come as a surprise to some at tonight's Washington Journalism Review's Best in the Business Awards when ABC News' "Nightline" is named the best network news program, especially since it is not a conventional evening news show. The awards will be presented at a Westin Hotel reception emceed by New Yorker writer Calvin Trillin. This is the fourth year the magazine has presented these awards, which come in 10 categories, including best newspaper, best columnist and best magazine. Among the winners already known are Bob Woodward of The Washington Post, best newspaper reporter, and CBS' Charles Osgood, best network radio correspondent. The best network television correspondent is once again ABC's Sam Donaldson, who has won the award every year since the awards were created ...

"Cats" is returning to the National Theatre April 12 for a 10-week engagement. It will mark the third time the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, which was based on T. S. Eliot's "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats," has played there. It opened there in May of 1984 for a record-breaking six-month engagement and played there again for a shorter period last summer ...

Mary Ann Mobley, Miss America 1959 and a University of Mississippi alumna, and Toni Seawright, the current Miss Mississippi, were among those expected at the Departmental Auditorium last night. The occasion was a dinner honoring Rep. Jamie L. Whitten, in whose honor a chair has been endowed at Ole Miss. Whitten, who has been in Congress 46 years, was to be toasted at the dinner by House Speaker Jim Wright and Minority Leader Bob Michel. The Whitten chair, with an endowment goal of $1 million, will bring to the university legal practitioners, judges, high public officials and legal scholars ...

The Beatles have won. The Nike athletic company has agreed to stop using an original recording of the Beatles song "Revolution" in its commercials. The ad marked the first time a Beatles recording had been used to promote a commercial product, and the Beatles filed a $15 million lawsuit to stop it. Nike had paid $250,000 to singer Michael Jackson, who owns the rights to the Beatles' music, and $250,000 to EMI-Capitol, which has rights to the group's recordings, for permission to use "Revolution." The commercials will be taken off the air March 22 ...

Just wait until the State Department and the Ayatollah Khomeini read the new Dossier magazine. In the upcoming edition, Reza Pahlavi II, the 27-year-old son of the late Shah of Iran, told writer Janet Wallach his "underground cells" are preparing to sweep him back into power in Iran. Pahlavi, who lives with his 19-year-old wife in a multimillion-dollar fortified estate in northern Virginia, told Wallach he plans to return to Iran "like Napoleon returned from Elba," followed by thousands of supporters in a victorious march to Tehran ...

Maison Blanche is a dignified restaurant where the waiters don't gather at your table to sing "Happy Birthday." Yesterday afternoon, however, the Redskins' Dexter Manley was there to buy his wife Glinda a birthday lunch. Manley wanted the song sung when the waiter brought the chocolate mousse cake to the table, and all the waiters dutifully gathered to sing the birthday song. In Washington, Redskins get their way, even at sedate French restaurants ...