Summers Place Auctions

Summers Place Auctions are a saleroom specialising in garden statuary and natural history

The current firm was formed in 2008 after Sotheby’s closed their saleroom in Billingshurst and a new company was established in the West Sussex town headed by James Rylands and Rupert van der Werff.

In 2012, Summers Place Auctions moved into their new gallery space and, in 2013, they held their first Evolution sale, including taxidermy, natural history, fossils and minerals – the highlight being a 57ft long Diplodocus.

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Ex-PM’s special advisor buys London’s priciest address sign

15 November 2013

This rust-tinged enamelled sheet iron sign was sold for £31,500 at Summers Place Auctions’ latest sale in Billingshurst, West Sussex.

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How sales are evolving at Summers Place

05 November 2013

This remarkable fossil of one of the largest animals ever to have walked the Earth becomes the first large dinosaur skeleton to be offered at auction in the UK at Summers Place Auctions in Billingshurst, West Sussex, on November 27.

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Edwardian seesaw makes 15-times top estimate

03 June 2013

The latest sealed-bid sale at Summers Place Auctions in Billingshurst produced some real surprises – none more so than the Edwardian painted wood and wrought-iron seesaw pictured here.


Summers Place Auctions unveil new 5000 sq ft gallery

29 October 2012

Summers Place Auctions, in association with Sotheby’s, have formally unveiled their new, purpose-built 5000 sq ft gallery.


Bronze sculptures from Olympic Park at auction

17 September 2012

Sculptures displayed in the athletes’ village of London’s Olympic Park are to be offered at auction.


Salvaged urns at Summers Place

16 May 2012

This impressive run of lidded urns once adorned the grounds of Witley Court, the palatial mansion in Worcestershire built by Thomas Foley in 1655.

Summers Place fundraiser for May 16

25 March 2008

Summers Place Auctions of Billingshurst, West Sussex, are to host The Glory Of The Garden in aid of St Catherine's Hospice, a Crawley-based charity, on May 16.

Summers Place statuary sales take new direction

14 January 2008

Summers Place Auctions have revealed plans for a three-tier selling strategy when they hold their inaugural sale of garden statuary and fossil decoration ‘in association with Sotheby’s’ in May.

Summers Place to become luxury flats

10 April 2007

Building work is expected to begin soon at Summers Place, Billingshurst after planning permission was granted to convert the former Sotheby’s saleroom into residential dwellings and office space.

Garden collection grows

09 October 2003

It might not look much, but the humble unglazed earthenware vessel, pictured right, is believed to be the earliest form of watering pot made in Britain. It’s also the precursor to the metal watering can that did not adopt its recognisable shape until the 17th century.

Fruits of the earth yield top prices

08 October 2002

With the antiquities market suffering from high prices and criminal scandals and a shortage of good material, it is no real surprise that collectors have turned to natural, as opposed to man-made, artefacts of greater age and, arguably, equal beauty.

Deadline for offers on Summers Place is July 26

17 July 2002

UK: KNIGHT Frank, who are overseeing negotiations for the sale of Sotheby’s Billingshurt rooms, have set a deadline for interested parties of July 26.

Billingshurst sale plan

21 March 2002

FOLLOWING months of speculation, Sotheby’s have announced they are to sell Summer’s Place in Billingshurst, West Sussex – but want to continue their twice-yearly garden statuary sales there.

A view to the Sussex future

22 January 2001

UK: WITH the trade’s rumour mill in overdrive over the possible closure of Sotheby’s Billingshurst, the decision by a West Sussex businessman to open a new auction house Latimers (15 per cent buyer’s premium) in Horsham, barely 10 miles away from Summers Place, could well prove to be timely.

The winds of change leave traditional oak standing firm

05 April 1999

UK: WITH the re-branding of Sotheby’s saleroom in Billingshurst (see the News Briefing section - 'Sotheby's revamp Sussex operation') Summers Place leaves behind its image as Sotheby’s last saleroom foothold in the UK provinces and assumes its position as the company’s second stronghold in the South.