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Dore & Rees auction sale rooms
were established at Vicarage Street in 1868, and to this day, play host to fortnightly auctions. The sale rooms are contained within a large Gothic style building that resembles a former chapel from the exterior. Exposed structural roof beams on two floors provide a prominent visual feature to visiting clients.
Dore & Rees Sale rooms are situated in one of the oldest parts of Frome, and visitors will appreciate the view over the town, which is also home to a large number of independent traders, many in the antiques/collectibles sector. The sale rooms are surrounded by attractive period buildings, and are a stone's throw away from the Frome Heritage Trail. There are two car parks nearby providing parking within a short walk of the venue. There is a small car park opposite the sale room that allows clients to pay and display for periods throughout the day. There are other pay and display car parks within easy walking distance of the sale rooms.
Since 1984 the present owner, Mark Rees, has presided over fortnightly auctions, presenting a vast array of items, ranging from small pieces that sell for under £10 to period furniture, collectibles and effects which sell for thousands of pounds.
Because of the wide range of items coming under the hammer, the fortnightly auctions have become very popular with local residents, antique dealers and private buyers from much further afield. Auction days are lively and interesting with a continual throughput of lots. The buyer's premium of 15% (VAT inclusive) is one of the lowest throughout auctions in the South West.
The sale rooms are open for viewing on a Monday and Tuesday prior to the sale, between 9:00am and 6:30pm. Auction catalogues are available to buy for £2.00 during the viewing days and on sale day itself. An average auction will see between 350 and 600 lots passing under the hammer, at the rate of around 130 lots per hour. Refreshments are available throughout the auction.
Dore & Rees can provide free verbal appraisals on items which are brought to the sale rooms for inspection. Appraisals can also be carried out at properties in the local area (subject to travel costs), and collections can be arranged for house clearances and larger items of furniture. Dore and Rees pay their vendors more promptly than almost any other sale room. Providing an item has been paid for and collected by the buyer, vendors can be paid out within 48 hours of the auction. The sale commission paid by vendors, (£2 per lot, 15% of hammer price + VAT) is also lower than most other provincial auction houses.
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