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Summers Place Auctions are the world's leading auctioneers of Sculpture and Design for the House and Garden.


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Live Auctions


Bidding in Person
To bid at auction you must register with us to obtain a bidding number and provide photographic ID. Before the auction, fill in the form at the registration desk, provide proof of identity, and you may be given a paddle showing your bidding number. This paddle should be used for bidding. The auctioneer will note this number when you purchase a lot.  


Auction speeds vary, and generally average between 50 and 120 lots per hour. The auctioneer will commence and advance the bidding at levels and in increments he considers appropriate (generally in increments of approximately 10% of the previous bid) and is entitled to place a bid or series of bids on behalf of the seller up to the reserve on the lots, without indicating he is doing so and whether or not other bids are placed. Please note Conditions 5 and 6 of the Conditions of Business for Buyers contain additional information on bidding.


Absentee Bids
If you cannot attend the auction we will be happy to execute written bids on your behalf, so long as you have registered your details with us beforehand. A bidding form may be downloaded by clicking here. A bidding form is also printed in the back of the catalogue. This service is confidential. Lots will always be bought as cheaply as is consistent with other bids, the reserves and other commission bids. To avoid confusion, the sale date, lot number and a brief description should be filled in and signed. Commission bids by email without a signature will not be accepted. In the event of identical bids, the earliest received will take precedence. Always indicate a top limit, i.e. the highest price you would bid if you were attending the auction. Don't forget that buyers premium and any VAT applicable will also be added onto your bid if you are successful. "Buy" and unlimited bids will not be accepted. Please refer to our conditions of business for buyers, which is also printed in the back of our catalogues. To ensure a satisfactory service please ensure that we receive your bids at least 24 hours beforehand. The fax number for absentee bids is 00 44 (0)1403 331340.


Telephone Bids
If you cannot attend the auction, it is usually possible to bid on the telephone on lots with a minimum low estimate of £1,000. You will need to have registered your details with us 5 days before the auction. As the number of telephones is limited, it is necessary to make arrangements on which lots you wish to bid on, at least 24 hours before the sale. We also suggest that you leave a maximum bid which we can execute on your behalf in the event we are unable to reach you by telephone. Please refer to our conditions of business for buyers, which is also printed in the back of our catalogues.


Bidding with
If you cannot attend the auction, you might also choose to bid using Using this service will incur an additional charge in the sum of 3% of the hammer price plus VAT at the rate imposed.

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Sealed Bid Auctions

First you require a catalogue.  Once you have the catalogue, you need to register your interest in bidding.  This can be done quickly and simply by presenting one of our viewing staff with some photographic ID (a modern driver’s license or passport is ideal) or by scanning a copy and emailing it to us.  We will take a copy and a registration form can then be completed.

Sealed bid actions differ from established auctions in that the bid left is the bid that will be exercised in full.  Therefore if you decide to leave a bid of say £900 on the lot estimated at £800 - £1000 and there is no higher bid, (where two identical bids are received, the earliest received bid will take precedence), £900 will secure the lot subject to buyer’s premium and VAT on the premium.


Bids will be opened on the Thursday following the auction and sales results will appear on the Summers Place Auctions website.  Please be mindful that we will have to process a large number of bids, which does take time.  However, we will endeavour to get this accomplished as quickly as possible and expect to have the results of the sale posted by the end of the day.

Every lot in the sale has a fixed reserve, (the minimum price for which the lot can be sold) and this is never above the low estimate, it can be slightly below but in the vast majority of cases it is the low estimate.

You should consider leaving a bid of an odd amount in pounds, for example, rather than bidding £1,000, try say £1,004, as many lots have been bought for the sake of the odd £1!

In the event of two identical highest bids, the earliest bid received will take precedence.

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Sale By Private Treaty

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Prospective Buyers Guide

Buyer's Premium Rates


VAT on Hammer Price and Buyer's Premium and VAT Symbols in the Catalogue Property with no VAT symbol


Before The Auction


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Credit/Debit Cards
We are pleased to accept major credit cards (regrettably we are unable to accept American Express card payments), for which a surcharge will be made of 3% plus VAT of the transaction total. This is to cover the charge made to us by our bank. There is no charge for payments made by debit card.


Sterling Banker's Draft or Building Society Cheque and Electronic or Wire Transfer
Drawn on a recognised UK bank or building society. Wire Transfers can be made directly to our Bank.  Please contact us by telephone or e-mail for further details.


Sterling Cheque
Please note that we require seven days to clear sterling cheques where the amount exceeds the cheque card guarantee limit, unless special arrangements have been made with the auctioneer in advance of the sale (normally the presentation of a letter of guarantee from your bank). We always reserve the right to hold goods until a cheque is cleared.

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Collection and Storage
On receipt of cleared funds, lots can be collected from the Walled Garden, Summers Place, Billingshurst, West Sussex, RH14 9AB. Collection of lots is strictly by prior appointment. If Lots have not been collected within 35 days of the auction date then storage charges may be applied at a rate of £10 per Lot per day. Buyers are reminded that liability for loss and damage transfers to the buyer from the fall of the hammer.  Whilst the majority of lots will remain in their location until collected, Summers Place Auctions accept no responsibility for any damage which may occur, even in the event of Summers Place Auction staff assisting carriers during collection.
Summers Place Auctions also reserves the right to charge storage fees of £10.00 per lot, per week, for any pieces left at Summers Place over a longer period than six months irrespective of whether they have been entered into a sale or not.

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Care & Installation


Covering Garden Ornaments


Covering Garden Ornaments




Stone / Marble / Composite Stone


Lead / Bronze


Lead / Bronze

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Other Useful Publications

Other Useful Publications

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Summer Place Dropcap
Summers Art Advisory Services

Summers Place Collection is proud to offer an exclusive range of garden ornaments, available for purchase throughout the year. Traditional and contemporary pieces hand carved in stone, together with cutting-edge designs in stainless steel, give buyers the opportunity to purchase at a fixed price and in the quantity desired.
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Summers Art Advisory Services, is an independent Art advisory agency offering comprehensive advice on a wide range of professional services for public bodies, private clients and companies. We seek to satisfy the evident demand for those wishing to sell, acquire or manage Art assets and combine all these categories.
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