Gorringes

Gorringes of Lewes, East Sussex are an estate agent and auctioneer that were founded in the 1920s. Today the firm also has offices in Tunbridge Wells.

Gorringes holds large general sales every month as well as a series of specific auctions throughout the year dedicated to specialities such as fine art, wine, interiors and Asian art.


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Reclusive artist displays surreal way to fill your Spare time

16 October 2017

During his nights spent ‘fire-spotting’ for flying bombs during the Blitz, it is said the artist and occultist Austin Osman Spare (1888-1956) would while away the hours filling sketchbooks.

Newton was master of the universe but not money

17 July 2017

Sold by RR Auction (25/22.5% buyer’s premium) on June 14 was a financial document of November 1721 bearing the signature of Isaac Newton – an order to pay to a Dr Francis Fauquier the dividend due on his substantial investment in the South Sea Company.

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Nevinson aerial print impresses in East Sussex sale

10 July 2017

Another work by CRW Nevinson (1889-1946) in the form of an aerial wartime print was offered in Gorringe’s (23% buyer’s premium) June 27 sale.

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Collection of Greenwich's The Spread Eagle pub consigned to Gorringes

26 June 2017

Until its conversion into a pizzeria and cocktail bar three years ago, The Spread Eagle pub in Greenwich had hardly changed since its origins as a 17th century coaching inn.

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Asian art Japanese: Tomatada shines in Katchen collection

05 June 2017

The centrepiece of Bonhams’ Japanese offering on May 11 was the second part of the extraordinary collection of netsuke formed by US concert pianist Julius Katchen (1926-69) and his wife Arlette.

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Furniture rarities raise market morale

18 April 2017

Three high-quality sales from the north to the south gave a cheerful air to spring. The catalogue at Tennants in North Yorkshire pretty much covered the range but in Sussex and Buckinghamshire the emphasis was on furniture.

Rich seams for dealers and auctioneers from Portuguese ‘golden period’

18 April 2017

From noble jewels to semi-precious gems, a show in May will celebrate a ‘golden period’ of Portuguese jewellery in the 18th century. Here we preview the exhibition and then present other recent and forthcoming sale highlights.

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Going Gothic, super Staffs and terrific tankard

18 April 2017

Dominated as they were by furniture, the March sales at Lewes and Donnington Priory included other highlights.

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Gorringe’s long-serving partner to retire after 57 years as an auctioneer

20 December 2016

Julian Dawson is retiring from Gorringe's and held his last auction yesterday at the Lewes auction firm.

Gorringe’s now under one roof

22 November 2016

Lewes saleroom Gorringe’s will hold all its auctions under one roof from January.

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Panels push Lewes casket to £27,000

17 September 2015

Estimated at £2000-3000 in the printed catalogue, this Italian casket drew such pre-sale interest that it was quickly upgraded in the online catalogue to £5000-7000.

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Auctioneer aids recovery of stolen Dutch museum art

07 July 2015

Six paintings consigned to Gorringes of Lewes, East Sussex, have been returned to the Amsterdam Museum after being identified as those stolen from the Dutch institution over 40 years ago.

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Collector bids Byron memorial ring to £6200

26 March 2013

One hestitates to contradict the great metaphysical poetic and theologian John Donne who believed that ‘death comes equally to us all, and makes us all equal when it comes’.

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Coins turn out to be pure auction gold as record falls

02 January 2013

Gorringes have set what is thought to be a record price for a coin in the UK provinces, taking £240,000 for a gold Queen Anne Vigo Five Guineas of 1703 at their sale in Lewes last month.

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The robber, the rhino horn and the pottery Great Dane

26 March 2012

A RUGBY-tackling mystery hero and a life-size pottery Great Dane helped scupper a daylight smash-and-grab raid targeting a rhino horn libation cup.

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Export bowl takes £58,000 in East Sussex

14 February 2011

THIS late 18th century Chinese export porcelain bowl drew eight bidders at Gorringes' latest sale.

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A late blooming in Lewes from Bloomsbury

29 April 2010

GORRINGES are to offer for sale paintings and works of art belonging to Grace Higgens, the former housekeeper at Charleston Farmhouse, the Bloomsbury Group's Sussex retreat.

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Police seek information over auction house thefts

06 April 2010

SUSSEX police want to speak to the man, pictured here, in connection with two thefts at Gorringes auction house in Lewes.

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Dust jacket helps Orwell reach record £86,000

29 March 2010

WHEN Aaron Dean was asked to catalogue a local collection of Modern Firsts at Gorringes' Lewes saleroom, he knew he was dealing with something special.

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Bloomsbury archive surfaces in Lewes

24 August 2009

A SUBSTANTIAL, and previously unpublished, collection of letters written by various members of the Bloomsbury Group to Helen Anrep (1885-1965) is to be sold by the East Sussex auctioneers Gorringes in Lewes on September 3, along with a collection of artworks by members of the group consigned from the same estate.

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