Capes Dunn & Co


40 Station Road, Cheshire


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As an established fine art auctioneer, we’ve operated in The North West and Lancashire since 1826, providing auctions and valuations for private and professional clients. This makes us an expert in our industry, as we regularly offer advice and guidance on the selling and bidding process, and offer free pre-sale valuations in people’s homes. A range of auctioneering disciplines are covered, including collectors’ items and ceramics. We also provide special sales, including art from the Harry Rutherford collection. Whether you wish to view our auctions, or provide an item for sale, we’re more than happy to assist.


Buyers Premium
18% plus vat

Terms & Conditions

Capes Dunn Terms and Conditions
Whilst every care is taken in carrying out buyers' instructions, Capes Dunn cannot be held responsible for errors made. All bids are left at the buyers' risk. 16% Buyers Premium plus VAT in accordance with the Auctioneers' Margine Scheme will be added to successful bids. Bought lots cannot be cleared until satisfactory payment has been received. To avoid delay, buyers are advised to make arrangements for paymet and supply suitable references before the sale. All lots purchased to be paid for and cleared within two working days after the sale.

If you leave an odd bid, the Auctioneer will increase your bid to the next highest figure.

Please send any bids before 11am on Tuesday


1. General. Every Lot is sold with all faults and errors of description and the auctioneers disclaim, for themselves and for the vendor, all responsibility for authenticity, age, origin, condition or quality. All statements on such matters whether printed in the Catalogue or made orally are statements of opinion and not representations of fact. Purchasers are deemed to have satisfied themselves on authenticity, condition, etc., before bidding and no-one in the Auctioneers employment has authority to make any representation of fact.

2.Bidding. The Auctioneer has absolute discretion to divide any Lot, to combine any two or more Lots, to withdraw any Lots, to refuse bids and to regulate the bidding. He may bid on the vendor's behalf for all goods which are being offered subject to reserve or at the Auctioneers discretion.

3.Fall of Hammer. The highest bidder shall be the buyer - if any dispute arises the Auctioneer has absolute discretion to settle the dispute or to re-offer the Lot. At the fall of the hammer every Lot shall be at the risk of the buyer, and the purchaser shall give to the Auctioneer his name and address and such proportion of the purchase price as the Auctioneer may require, in default of which the Auctioneer may re-offer and re-sell the Lot or Lots in question.

4.Clearance of Purchases. No purchases shall be claimed or removed until the Sale has been concluded. All lots shall be paid for and removed at the buyerís risk and expense at the end of the first working day following the Sale, failing which the Auctioneers shall not be responsible if the same are lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed, and all Lots not so removed shall remain at the risk of the buyer and subject to a warehousing charge of 25p per lot per day. If they are not removed within seven days of the Sale the Auctioneers may re-sell them by auction or privately without notice to the buyer. Any liability which there may be on the part of the Auctioneers in respect of any loss shall be restricted to a maximum of the price paid by the purchaser of the Lot.

5.Agency and General. The Auctioneers act as agents only and they disclaim responsibility for default by either buyer or seller. They accept no responsibility in connection with the commissioning of members of their staff to bid for Lots on behalf of intending purchasers. Instructions given by telephone are accepted at the sender's risk and must be confirmed in writing forthwith. The Auctioneers do not guarantee the title of any Lot or Lots sold by them and will not be responsible for any defect in such title.

6.Defaults. If any buyer fails to comply with any of the above conditions the damages recoverable from the defaulter shall include all loss arising from any re-sale of the Lot together with the charges and expenses in respect of both sales and any money deposited in part payment shall be held by the Auctioneers against the defaulter's liability.

7.Third Party Liability. Every person on the Auctioneer's premises at any time shall be deemed to be there at his own risk and with notice of the condition of the premises and of the method of arranging furniture, etc. He shall have no claim against the Auctioneers in respect of any injury he may sustain