Cato Crane

Liverpool-based saleroom Cato Crane was founded as an auction house in 1985 but can trace its history back to 19th century Liverpool shipbuilding firm of Cato Miller and Co and Edwin Bathurst’s Benthall and Broseley Potteries in Shropshire.

As well as its main premises in Stanhope Street, it also has a gallery and valuation office in Heswall, Wirral.

Missal prayer book

National Trust unveils prayer book connected to Charles II's escape bought at Liverpool auction

27 June 2023

The National Trust has confirmed its purchase of a prayer book at auction in Liverpool which is now on display at Staffordshire farmhouse Moseley Old Hall.


Private bidders go sleeper spotting

12 June 2023

Dealers are now facing more competition from collectors as works estimated in the hundreds of pounds range are taken to four-figure prices

Roman Missal prayer book

National Trust buys prayer book of ‘Charles II’s priest’ for Moseley Old Hall

15 April 2023

The National Trust has bought a prayer book at auction in Liverpool for display at Staffordshire farmhouse Moseley Old Hall.

Roman Missal prayer book

Rediscovered prayer book of ‘Charles II’s priest’ sells at Liverpool auction

10 April 2023

A prayer book once owned by a priest who helped Charles II hide after defeat at the Battle of Worcester, and later heard his death-bed confession, has sold at auction to a national heritage organisation.


Church dance helped the Beatles to come together

21 September 2020

A Beatles-themed sale held by Cato Crane (28% buyer’s premium) in Liverpool last month included architectural souvenirs from St Peter’s Church in Woolton.


Deeds to Aintree to be sold at Liverpool auction

28 February 2013

The original conveyance deeds to Aintree Grand National Racecourse, which date back to 1838, are to go under the hammer at Cato Crane in Liverpool on March 6.


Clausen’s Rose shows her face at Liverpool auction

01 June 2010

ANGELIC rosy-cheeked village girls were George Clausen’s (1852-1944) staple subject matter. During his time living in the Berkshire village of Cookham Dean, Clausen was particularly preoccupied with this idyllic rural subject matter and, from around 1889, he began to make a series of studies and paintings of a local child, Rose Grimsdale.

Is this the year to invest in the China Trade?

19 April 2004

With the Chinese economy expanding at an unprecedented rate, and Chinese tourists becoming increasingly numerous in Europe, China Trade paintings are an area of the art market that might prove a cannier investment than most.