32. Liability for conversion.

A claim for conversion lies against an auctioneer1 who, with or without knowledge of the true ownership of goods, has dealt with the property in and possession of those goods without the true owner's consent or authority2, unless the case is governed by the Factors Act 18893. The auctioneer's liability is strict and he is liable to the true owner even if he is completely ignorant of the want of title or the right to sell of the seller-principal4.

A mere advertisement for sale without an actual sale does not constitute a conversion; nor does the return of unsold goods