Cheshire: The Auction Galleries, 40 Station Road, Heaton Mersey, Cheshire, SK4 3QT
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Lancashire: 13 Queen Street, Lytham, Lancashire, FY8 5LQ
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Welcome to Capes Dunn, Manchester's premier auctioneers having been established since 1826. Please click the video to learn a little more about our company and what services we provide. We are Fine Art & Antiques auctioneers who host fortnightly Interiors, Vintage & Modern auctions, and Specialist Antique auctions. We cover many disciplines with details on the 'Departments" page. If you have any enquiries please contact our offices for further details.

We hope to see you soon.

2016 saw the 190th anniversary of the establishment of Capes Dunn. In 1826 Mr William Capes founded the business, during the reign of George IV - the face of our logo. By 1830 the offices were on Kings Street and Mr Capes hired the Great Room in the Exchange as the saleroom. Following that and throughout the 19th and 20th Centuries the company was based in various places in Manchester including Princess Street, Market Street, Brazenose Street, Charles Street. The premises on King Street West were bombed during World War II. 2015 saw the comapny move from Central Manchester to new premises in Heaton Mersey.

In the same year as Capes Dunn was founded the Menai Suspension bridge was opened, University College London was founded, Beethoven completed his String Quartet in C Sharp Minor and the first Cowes Regatta wwas held.

During the 190 years the company has been serving the people of Manchester and surrounding areas 6 kings and 2 Queens have reigned, the country has been led by 55 Prime Ministers and survived through 2 World Wars. We have seen various art and design movements and fashions come and go.

Michael Perry joined the firm in 1960 and in 1979 became the Principal. Together with Michael, the current 17 members of staff have provided over 300 years service the the people of Manchester.

Whilst proud of the company's history and longevity, we continue to innovate. 2016 saw the rebranding of our fortnightly general chattel auctions to become Interiors, Vintage and Modern and we have introduced live bidding to all sales. We have Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.

Forthcoming Sales & Valuation Days

All specialist sales start at 11.00am and 6.30pm for Northern Art

11th September - Interiors, Vintage & Modern Effects Auction at 11.00am
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Catalogue/Live Bidding

12th September - Collectables with Toys Auction at 11.00am
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Catalogue/Live Bidding

14th September - Valuation Day - 10.30am to 4.00pm

25th September - Interiors, Vintage & Modern Effects Auction at 11.00am
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26th September - Jewellery & Silver Auction at 11.00am
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28th September - Valuation Day - 10.30am to 4.00pm

Site updated 8th September 2017