ANTIQUES, ARTWORKS, MEMORABILIA AND MORE AT OUR AUCTIONS

Capes Dunn have provided a complete auction and valuation service for private and professional clients since 1826. Our valuation service is unparalleled, as we utilise our vast range of experience to ensure a valuation that is as accurate as possible. Once an item is valued our team provide all the information required to get it on the auction block. We operate throughout Cheshire and Lancashire, and we’re happy to answer your questions in detail if you can’t find the information that you’re looking for.

Our Auctions

Throughout the year, we conduct fortnightly Interiors, Vintage & Modern Sales, in addition to approximately 30 Specialist Sales. Our Auction Calendar has all the details. Free inspections and guidance are always available, and we can accept goods for our Specialist Sales up to one month before the date of sale. Our sales are advertised in national, trade, and local publications, as well as on the internet.

Receive Pre-Sale Advice

Clients who have goods for auction usually require pre-sale advice and valuations. This can be achieved by the following means:

AT THE AUCTION GALLERIES

AT OUR LYTHAM OFFICE

VALUATION via PHOTOGRAPHS and IMAGES

These can either be posted to the saleroom or Lytham office. You can also send them via email to capesdunn@gmail.com or capesdunn.lytham@gmail.com. 

Please Note: Any valuation expressed upon the evidence of a supplied photograph/image will be subject to confirmation upon inspection of the actual item.

HOME VISITS

Our team of experienced appraisers often attend premises to value the entire contents, larger items, or collections. 

For SOUTH LANCASHIRE and GREATER MANCHESTER, CHESHIRE, PEAK DISTRICT, WEST YORKSHIRE, MERSEYSIDE, WIRRAL and NORTH WALES please contact:

The Auction Galleries

For FYLDE, OVER WYRE, SOUTH RIBBLE and SOUTHPORT, RIBBLE VALLEY, CENTRAL, EAST and NORTH LANCASHIRE, also CUMBRIA please contact:

Regional Office

All items which are to be entered into sale, will be clearly listed on an inventory with estimated prices and relevant sale dates. The client and Capes Dunn will retain copies of the inventory. A vendor reference number is placed at the top right corner and should be quoted when any enquiries are made.

Insurance

All goods which are to be offered for sale will be insured against the risk of fire and burglary, also against loss on the view day, accidental breakage, or damage. Whilst every care is taken, Capes Dunn cannot be held responsible for damage that might occur to picture frames.

Charges

The costs incurred in selling goods at Auction through Capes Dunn include the following:

  • Our commission is 20% of the hammer price (inclusive of VAT).
  • Lots offered through our Interiors, Vintage & Modern Sales are subject to a £3 cataloguing fee per lot.
  • Lots entered in our Specialist Sales are subject to a £5 cataloguing fee per lot, which includes photography and illustration on the internet as part of our online catalogue. Lots illustrated on the internet and in the printed catalogue, the latter decided upon at our discretion, incur a fee of £7 per lot.
  • Value Added Tax at the standard rate is charged on the amount of commission and lotting fees

Please Note: A lot can either be a single item or a group of items forming a lot.

The Auctioneer will exercise his/her discretion to sell within 10% of the reserve unless instructed to the contrary. The minimum reserve accepted is £50, below this all items will be sold on a 'without reserve' basis. Items which are offered with reserves which have been placed by the Vendor that exceed our advice, if unsold, will incur an offering fee of 2.5% of the reserve price.

The carriage of goods to the saleroom is the responsibility of the seller. The charge for the use of our fully insured van with two men is currently £50 + VAT per hour. Piano removal is available from £75 + VAT. The removal costs will be deducted from sale proceeds.

In respect of the Lytham Office, our resident valuer, whenever possible, will convey items free-of-charge to the saleroom. The removal of larger items can be undertaken by our van, as per the terms described above.

Payment

All proceeds from sales are paid via cheque approximately four weeks after the date of sale.

Contact our team to make an enquiry about the selling process.