Welcome to Summers Place Auctions

The world's leading auctioneer of Garden Statuary and Natural History. 

Our first sale was held nearly 30 years ago as part of Sotheby's Country House saleroom at Summers Place in Sussex, since which time the sales have flourished, establishing a global reputation. Following restructuring, the department is staffed by a team who, between them, have nearly 200 years of Sotheby’s experience.  

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Instead of our traditional June sale here at Summers Place, over the next few weeks we will be holding a series of Online Sealed Bid auctions.  The only difference between these and our normal sales is that there will be no hard catalogue printed and the lots will not physically be on view.  Since over 90% of our regular sales are sold to clients who do not actually view them in the flesh,  and the majority of our buyers are from overseas, it is going to be business as usual!!

We are always happy to provide additional photographs and condition reports and do not forget that there are videos of many of the smaller lots on our website.

To view the auctions, please go to the Catalogues/Current catalogues and Auctions tab or click the links below.

'A Celebration of the unique stone carving tradition of Zimbabwe' 5th July sealed bid auction

Summers Place Auctions is holding its first sealed bid auction of sculpture from Zimbabwe, going online on the 17th June with the deadline for the sealed bids on 5th July 2020, with prices ranging from £200 to £40,000. It is the first auction of its kind in the UK exclusively focusing on this African country’s artistic output. A percentage of the sale will go towards a school project in the heart of sculptor communities in MaShonaland.  The full press release can be viewed here.


For details as to how a sealed bid auction works please click here and scroll down to Sealed Bid Auctions



For obvious reasons we don’t have a precise date for our Autumn sale, but given how successful our March sale was we have already had a number of interesting lots promised to us. Please feel free to email pictures and details of any pieces you are thinking of selling to info@summersplaceauctions.com. Where necessary, we can get transport quotes for collection and delivery to us.


Covid-19 Policy Safety Procedures at Summers Place Auctions

The safety of our staff and visitors is our primary concern and we are therefore closely monitoring and adhering to the advice provided by the UK government and Public Health England. All carriers/members of the public are asked to comply with current social distancing rules, wear appropriate PPE and make use of the sanitisers provided on our premises.  

All collections and deliveries are strictly by appointment only.

Summers Place News

5th July - A Celebration of Zimbabwe Sculptural Tradition sealed bid auction - now online



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