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Our History

Founded in 1985

Cato Crane 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 hold auctions every month within the Stanhope Street auction rooms. Specialist auctions are held in other locations.

Where we are today


Cato Crane Extensive Auction Rooms of some 8,000 square feet are opposite Liverpool Marina with easy on-road parking right outside the front door! Cato Crane attracts the middle to higher value objects to be found in many homes in the region.

The Heswall Cheshire & North Wales offices are busy and further expansion is planned in the near future. A high-profile internet presence ensures high prices at auction. Cato Crane holds live and internet timed auctions of selected lots and there is usually an auction online to view.

Specialist collections are always welcome and we have specialist advisors for most areas of expertise, for example,toys and military memorabilia and medals. Good international collections of Beatles and pop memorabilia are held within the auction rooms periodically with great success!