Capes Dunn have provided a complete Auction and Valuation service since 1826.


We sell goods through our fortnightly general sales as well as approximately thirty specialist sales, which run through the year, please click on ‘auctions’ for further details. Free inspection and guidance to clients is always available, and we can accept goods for our specialist sales up to four weeks before the date of sale. Our sales are advertised in national, trade and local publications as well as on the Internet.


Clients who have goods for auction usually require pre-sale advice and valuations.  This can be undertaken by a number of methods.


In House Valuation Days



These are held fortnightly on a Friday at our saleroom in Charles Street from 10.30am until 4pm.  They are suited for up to six small and easily portable items.  A complete list of our valuation day and sale dates can be found on our auction listing page.  For advice on larger items or collections please contact the office for a home visit.



These are held every Tuesday at our Queens Street office, between 10am-4pm, or any other day by appointment.

Valuation via Images and Photographs

These can either be posted to the saleroom, or Lytham office, or sent via email to:


Please note, any valuation given to goods, via supplied images, will be subject to confirmation upon inspection of the actual item(s).


House Visits

Our team of experienced valuers are able to attend premises to value the entire contents, or larger items or collections. To arrange a visit, contact:


Lancashire, Cheshire and Yorkshire, contact:

The Auction Galleries, Manchester

Tel: +44 (0)161 273 1911

Fax: +44 (0)161 273 3474



The Fylde Coast and Cumbria, contact:

Mr Christopher Coram, at the Lytham office

Tel: +44 (0)1253 796245

Fax: +44 (0)1253 796245



North Wales, Merseyside and The Wirral, contact

Mr Andrew Perry

Tel: +44 (0)161 273 1911

Fax: +44 (0)161 273 3474



All items which are to be entered into sale, will be clearly listed on an inventory; along with estimated prices and relevant sale dates; the client and Capes Dunn will keep copies of the inventory. A vendor reference number will appear at the top of the inventory listing and should be quoted when any enquiries are made.



All goods which are to be offered for sale will be insured against the risk of fire and burglary (but not against loss on the view day, accidental breakage or damage). Whilst every care is taken, Capes Dunn cannot accept damage to picture frames.



The costs of selling goods via auction through Capes Dunn are:

£3 + VAT cataloguing fee, per lot

Seller’s commission of 16% + VAT per lot.

All lots entered for specialist sales are photographed and illustrated on the Internet at a cost of £2+ VAT per lot. When an item is also illustrated in the printed catalogue this will be charged at £7+VAT per lot, which includes Internet illustration.


The auctioneer will exercise their discretion to sell within 10% of the reserve unless instructed to the contrary. The minimum reserve accepted is £50, below this all items are will be sold on a ‘best bid’ 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 £40+VAT per hour, with piano removal from £75+VAT. This charge will be deducted from the client’s sale proceeds. Goods which are delivered to the saleroom that are deemed to be unsaleable will be disposed at the owner’s expense.


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.



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