Dore & Rees

Dore & Rees is an auction house in Frome in Somerset. It dates back to 1868 and is based in a Victorian gothic building in Vicarage Street.

Previously run by Mark Rees since 1984, the firm was bought by Lee Young, an Asian art specialist and BBC Antiques Roadshow expert in 2021.

Young was formerly managing director at Duke’s of Dorchester.


Original phrenology models turn heads at auction

15 April 2024

Ceramic phrenology heads have become ubiquitous following numerous reproductions. However, original 19th century models are much harder to come by.


Pick of the week: Dutch Golden Age relic blossoms

01 April 2024

The gift of the private collection of the late George Withers keeps on giving.


First part of the year blessed by bumper sales of dealer collections

25 March 2024

Withers and Dailey selections follow hot on the heels of Turpin lots with plenty of fine art highlights


The George Withers auction: ‘I knew this wouldn’t come round again’

18 March 2024

An auction house has existed in the Dore & Rees premises, a Victorian gothic building on Vicarage Street, Frome, since 1868.


Marathon Withers collection sale brings £1.28m rewards

18 March 2024

“He stored everything like Russian dolls, everything packed away into something else."

Bow Thames Waterman figure

Huge demand at auction for the extensive collection of the late George Withers

26 February 2024

Buyers descend on the late George Withers collection in Somerset

Withers TSR Figures

Silver under the floorboards and vinaigrettes in the cooker

08 February 2024

The extraordinary collection of the Bath dealer-collector George Withers (1946-2023) comes for sale across three days and two salerooms later this month.


Art collector loved the excitement of bidding battles

08 January 2024

One of the most eyecatching collections of Impressionist and Modern art sold at a provincial auction at the end of last year comprised 17 lots from the late Ralph Bateman.


A Transitional moment in a collector’s life

23 October 2023

This autumn, as he refines his collecting impulses, Anthony Lovett is selling pieces from his collection of Kangxi porcelain


Jugs owned by a gambling man worth a punt at auction

24 April 2023

This pair of silver-mounted frosted glass claret jugs has marks for James Samuel Hunt and London, 1844.


Frome saleroom makes debut appearance

18 October 2021

New to Asian Art in London this year is the Frome saleroom Dore & Rees, now owned by Asian art specialist Lee Young.


Auctioneer Lee Young leaves Duke’s and buys local Somerset saleroom

05 April 2021

Lee Young, Asian specialist and BBC Antiques Roadshow expert, has become the new owner of Frome saleroom Dore & Rees. He left his role as managing director at Duke’s last week.