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 26th May @ 10.30am

Viewing on morning of sale from 9am

Approx. 250 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

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

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


Sold for:£1,700.00


Sold for:£2,950.00

Oil on Canvas Blackball Line Clipper

Sold for:£3,400.00

Good Mahogany Serpentine fronted Chest Of Four Drawers

Sold for:£8,000.00

Japanese Satsuma Vase

Sold for:£2,500.00

Brockbank And Adkins of London, Brass Mantle Clock Upon Marble Base With Brass Supports And Decoration, circa 1910.

Sold for:£1,300.00

Goldscheider Glazed ceramic art deco style female figure, 20 inches tall.

Sold for:£1,200.00

Ceramic WC - Formerly The Property of JOHN LENNON

Sold for:£9,500.00

Vintage Bakelite GPO Telephone

Sold for:£330.00

Cased Gibson J45 Acoustic Guitar

Sold for:£1,000.00

Latest News

  • Sell Beatles Memorabilia at LIPA in 2013 Entires are invited NOW for The Beatles Auction in August 2013. Hurry! - Space in the catalogue is limited. 30 November 2012
  • Auctions in 2013 Cato Crane has over fifty Auctions planned for 2013. Entries are now being taken for these upcoming auctions. Early reservation is advised due to high demand 30 November 2012
  • Selling Worldwide All Antique & Fine Arts Auctions have hundreds of worldwide bidders waiting to 'click & bid' on items you are selling 30 November 2012
  • Commission Negotiable! Cato Crane has a sliding scale of commissions - based on the value of items being sold. 30 November 2012
  • We can come to you! Cato Crane can visit you at your property to value items for auction. These visits are available daytime & evenings 30 November 2012
  • Bring in your Silver & Jewellery Good Quality Silver & Jewellery is now & always in high demand. High Prices are being achieved at Cato Crane. 30 November 2012
  • Enties Always Invited Bring your Antiques & Collectables to our saleroom for a free verbal valuation every Wednesday, Thursday or Friday. One of our valuers will be on hand to assist you with any enquiries 30 November 2012
  • Weekly Collectors Auctions Cato Crane holds Collectors Auctions every Tuesday at 10.30am with a vast selection of furniture, ceramics, pictures, silver & jewellery, and collectable objects 30 November 2012
  • Live Fine Arts Auctions Held Monthly Cato Crane holds regular Antique & Fine Art Auctions on a monthly basis. These auctions have a live bidding facility with the-saleroom.com. Please check the upcoming lots page for future auctions 30 November 2012
  • A Polite Service to all Customers Here at Cato Crane we treat all our customers with the greatest respect. If you call to see us in a Bentley, on a Bicycle, or on the bus, the service will be the same 30 November 2012
  • People before Profit! Cato Crane Auctioneers has a strict 'People before Profit' policy. You are welcome to call into the Saleroom for a free valuation. 30 November 2012
  • We've launched our new website At last we have done it! We hope you enjoy browsing our new & improved website. 30 November 2012

Online Catalogues

Read about Cato Crane in The Liverpool Echo

Cato Crane work nationally and internationally

Finding Cato Crane in 1807

5 Counties Valuers

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