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.
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.
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
Please Note: Any valuation expressed upon the evidence of a supplied photograph/image will be subject to confirmation upon inspection of the actual item.
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 and WIRRAL please contact:
The Auction Galleries
For FYLDE, OVER WYRE, SOUTH RIBBLE and SOUTHPORT, RIBBLE VALLEY, CENTRAL, EAST and NORTH LANCASHIRE, also CUMBRIA please contact:
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.
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.
The costs incurred in selling goods at Auction through Capes Dunn include the following:
We conduct regular specialist and interiors sales throughout the year. Free independent inspection and guidance to clients is always available. We are able to accept goods up to four weeks before the auction date of specialist sales.
Our sales are advertised in trade, national and local publications and our specialist catalogues are available to view on-line through our website. As from 1st January 2020, our commission on the selling price for lots up to £2000 is 17.5%, 12.5% for individual lots with hammer prices £2001 - £5000 and 10% over £5001; plus a photography fee of £3 per lot and an internet fee of £3 per lot.
Collection of goods can be arranged by Capes Dunn at a charge to the client, currently £60 per hour, with piano removal charged at £75 per hour; the incurred costs deducted from the proceeds of sale, which are forwarded via cheque or bank transfer approximately 4 weeks after the date of sale.
All our charges are subject to VAT at the standard rate.
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 £60 + 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.
All proceeds from sales are paid via cheque or bank transfer approximately four weeks after the date of sale.