Welcome to Cato Crane Auctioneers

Cato Crane, the Auctioneers, was founded in 1985 by John Crane, although the company has its origins in the 19th century Liverpool shipbuilding firm of 'Cato Miller and Co' and 'Edwin Bathurst's Benthall and Broseley Potteries' in Shropshire.

As senior partner, John Crane has over 35 years experience in valuing and selling works of art and antiques. John is also a well known television and radio personality and writes for regional, national and specialist publications.

Cato Crane holds over 50 auctions annually within the Stanhope Street auction rooms. Specialist auctions are held in other locations.



Tuesday 7th July @ 10.30am

Viewing on morning of sale from 9am

Approx. 200 lots

Furniture, ceramics, glassware, china, pictures, prints, toys, ephemera, clocks, silver and gold, jewellery, books plus much more

Items for auction may be brought in Wednesday to Friday 9:30 - 4:30.

Other times and home visits arrange by appointment. You may call John at the office on 0151 709 5559 or directly on 07836 209 995

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Salesroom Photos

Cato Crane work nationally and internationally

Finding Cato Crane in 1807

5 Counties Valuers

A View From The Saleroom

Another View From The Saleroom

Another View From The Saleroom

Recently Sold

White Star Line Captain Smith's Cigar Box

Sold for:£25,000.00

Sir George Clausen RA Oil on Canvas

Sold for:£190,000.00

Results - Latest Auction



Latest News

  • Valuation Days / Evenings Thinking of holding a valuation day / evening to help raise funds?? Call today to book our team of valuers on 0151 709 5559. email us at info@catocrane.co.uk 22 June 2015
  • Next Auction Tuesday 23rd June 2015 @ 10.30am. Viewing on morning of sale from 9am. A big selection of antiques, general furnishings and collectibles will be available for sale 19 June 2015
  • Charity Auctions / Dinners Thinking of auctioning items off for charity?? Call Cato Crane today on 0151 709 5559 or email us at info@catocrane.co.uk 17 June 2015
  • Valuation Evening at Upton Cricket Club, Wirral Thursday 25th June from 5pm - 7.30pm at Upton Cricket Club, Old Greasby Road, Upton, Wirral, CH49 6LT. Bring your item(s) for valuation 16 June 2015
  • Sell Beatles Memorabilia at LIPA Entires are invited NOW for our annual Beatles Auction at LIPA on August bank holiday weekend. Hurry! - Space in the catalogue is limited 11 June 2015
  • Read John Crane's Weekly Articles Check out John Cranes articles on Antiques! He writes weekly about various aspects of the business and interesting finds within the area 11 June 2015
  • Learn about Antiques?? Cato Crane hold regular talk evenings for groups and organisations wanting to learn more about the antique trade. Call us on 0151 709 5559 for more info 10 June 2015
  • Listen to John Crane LIVE on Wirral Radio 92.1FM John Crane has a bi-weekly radio show on a Tuesday at ... for the new and ever growing Wirral Radio on 92.1FM. Tune in to hear of the latest findings and buzz within the auction business 10 June 2015
  • Check out Cato Crane's Auction Dates Cato Crane hold LIVE internet sales of around 600+ lots on the first Wednesday of each month. The next auction is scheduled for Wednesday 1st July 2015 @ 10.30am. Entries are now being accepted for these upcoming auctions 5 June 2015
  • Entries Invited for our Upcoming Sales Bring your Antiques & Collectables to our saleroom for a free verbal valuation every Wednesday, Thursday or Friday from 10am - 12pm or from 2pm - 4pm. 3 June 2015
  • Selling Worldwide Cato Crane sells nationally and internationally to all parts of the world. Millions of potential buyers are waiting to 'click & bid' on your antiques and collectibles 1 June 2015
  • Bring in your Gold, Silver & Jewellery for Sale Gold, Silver and Jewellery is and always has been very desirable at auction. Bring your jewellery in today for a free verbal valuation and low selling commisions 30 April 2015
  • A Polite Service to all Customers Customer Service is a top priority for Cato Crane Auctioneers. Old fashioned values in a modern business surrounding! 2 April 2015
  • Items for Valuation?? Get your items valued every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in the saleroom, call us for a house visit or email us at info@catocrane.co.uk for more info 3 February 2015
  • Live Fine Arts Auctions Held Monthly Cato Crane has 12 scheduled Antique & Fine Art Auctions in 2015. Click on the Auction Dates page for a full list of auction dates or subscribe to our newsletter 3 February 2015
  • Probate / Insurance Valuations Supplying valuations for Probate and Insurance for the last twenty five years. Why not call today for more information. 0151 709 5559 9 January 2015
  • Collectors & House Clearance Auctions Check out our latest Collectors Auction in the Abram & Mitchell saleroom. A big selection of antiques & collectibles waiting to be bought 5 January 2015
  • Our Selling Commission is Negotiable Sell for low commission at Cato Crane Auctioneers. Call us today for more information or call in to the saleroom for a free verbal valuation. 1 January 2015

Online Catalogues

Read about Cato Crane in The Liverpool Echo

John Crane is a regular contributor to Heswall and District, and Lake Magazines. Click the links below to download recent editions.