Step 1: Valuation

Should you want to sell at auction the first step is to find out how much your instrument is worth and establish, where possible an attribution as to who made it. Regularly we hold free, no obligation valuation days throughout the UK, US, Germany and Sweden for violins, violas, cellos and bows and now and again we go further afield. You are encouraged to make an appointment and our specialists will be able to advise what the current market value is and answer any questions you have about the auction process. Our Valuation Days page will show you where we will be in the coming months. If you are not able to attend a valuation day we have a simple online valuation form. Our specialists will take a look at the images you've submitted and in most cases suggest provisional estimates.

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Step 2: Research

Sometimes instruments and bows require closer inspection in order to establish an attribution and value. If this is the case we shall suggest you consign under our Research Agreement. Our specialists will begin the process which will include archive research, consultancy and where necessary dendrochronology. When the research has been completed you may wish to proceed to auction or request that the instrument is returned.

Step 3: Consignment

If you decide you would like to auction your instrument or bow then a consignment form would be completed. The consignment form is a written record of the agreed estimates, the reserve and our fees. There is a seller’s fee and the only other charge is a Loss & Damage Liability of 1.5% which is optional. Your instrument may be covered by household or specific musical instrument insurance in which case you will not need our option. Both amounts are deducted from the hammer price and where applicable will be subject to VAT. Our specialists will mention which auction the instrument will be in but typically we run auctions in March, May, July, September, October and December. If you wanted to consign to auction we can also accept instruments by post and can send you one of our Amati Boxes, a bespoke shipping box designed especially for the safe and cost effective shipping of instruments.

Step 4: The Auction

Once the instrument is in the office we will spend time cataloging and photographing in preparation for the catalogue which is published online. We use 360 degree photography which provides our buyers  with high quality and detailed all round views. The catalogue is available to view two weeks before the auction end date at which point buyers are able to place bids.

Step 5: After The Auction

You will receive an email a few days after the auction informing you if your Lot was sold or unsold. If sold we request payment information and if unsold we recommend new, usually slightly lower estimates and a new auction date. Payment is sent by bank transfer thirty five days after the auction date. We can also issue a cheque if that if your preference.

Our Online Valuation is Quick & Easy

Our handy online valuation service is a quick way to get a valuation online. Simply follow our 3 simple steps and we will contact you within 24 hours with your valuation.

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The Amati Exhibition

The Amati Exhibition brings together dealers and makers who showcase some of the most exceptional antique and contemporary instruments and bows for sale. Visitors are encouraged to browse, try and meet people from all over the world who share an interest in stringed instruments and classical music.


Who is Amati?

We are a small, hardworking and friendly team of six, combining years of experience in the stringed instrument sector, distinguished London auction house, Christie’s, and fine dining to offer exceptional customer care, help and support throughout the entire valuation and auction process.

What is Amati?

Amati is an online auction house specialising in violins, violas, cellos and bows. We hold six auctions a year and the occasional single owner collection. We source and sell instruments all over the world and strive to offer a professional and transparent auction service. Lots in our auctions are mostly from private sellers, people who have often found a violin in the attic and we sell to an international buyer base made up of students, musicians, collectors, investors and of course our many trade colleagues.

We also host The Amati Exhibition – a London based event which showcases exceptional antique and contemporary instruments and bows for sale. Exhibitors come from the UK, US, Europe and Japan to display the very best of what they have to offer in the magnificent surroundings of The Langham’s Grand Ballroom.

We are a limited and VAT registered company. Insurance is provided by Lark (Group) Insurance who specialise in musical instrument cover.

Where is Amati?

The Amati Exhibition is held at The Langham Hotel, Regent Street, London and our physical viewings are held at the Lansdowne Club, Berkeley Square, Mayfair, London. We also attend the largest annual string trade fair called Mondomusica held in Cremona, the home town of the great Italian violin makers.

When are Amati auctions?

We have regular auctions throughout the year in March, May, July, September, October and December. We are also able to host large single owner collections and offer full administrative support which may include working on location.

How do I contact Amati?

We are always on hand to help with any questions you have about selling and buying instruments at auction. Please complete our [contact form] or:

Call – +44 (0)20 7099 7114

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Write – Amati Instruments Limited, Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA.