We have exploited the breakdown of the Golgi apparatus that occurs during mitosis to isolate subfractions using immuno-affinity methods. Rat liver Golgi stacks were treated with mitotic cytosol from HeLa cells, and the fragments were then incubated with antibodies immobilized on magnetic beads. Antibodies against the cis-Golgi marker, GM130, bound membranes that were depleted in the trans-Golgi network marker, TGN38, whereas antibodies against the cytoplasmic tail of TGN38 did the reverse. A range of other Golgi enzymes, SNAREs and tethers were also tested and were found to bind to anti-GM130 antibodies to an extent that reflected their proximity to cis-cisternae as determined by other techniques. This method should provide a useful complement to the immuno-EM methods presently used to map the Golgi apparatus.