We believe that selling an instrument should be a straightforward and transparent process. From meeting one of our auction specialists on a valuation day to receiving payment, our friendly team is on hand to help throughout the selling process. For those of you new to selling through auction we can advise the most suitable price range based on current market trends. We have regular auctions throughout the year which feature a large variety of violins, cellos, violas and bows to suit every budget. We have developed a robust online selling platform which utilises the latest 360 degree photography, meaning our many United Kingdom and international buyers confidently bid on Lots from the comfort of their homes. Not wanting to relinquish more traditional methods of auctioneering, we also host physical viewings in Mayfair, London.

Selling Your Instrument

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 5 working days with your valuation.

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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

Email – info@amati.com

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

Next Auction
9th December

Our next online auction will be on 9th December and the catalogue will be available to view from Tuesday 1st December. The auction view is taking place at the Lansdowne Club, Mayfair London on Sunday 6th and Monday 7th December from 9am to 6pm. An aftersales list will be published on 10th December.

Next Valuation Day
Newark, 2nd & 3rd December.

Meet our specialists at one of our valuations days if you would like to find out how much your instrument is worth. Alternatively please complete our simple online valuation form.

The Amati Exhibition
23rd and 24th October 2016.

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.

Explore Amati


The directory lists contact details and displays images of instruments currently or sale by dealerships and makers around the world.

Amati Magazine

Edited by Jessica Duchen, the magazine publishes news, reviews and features from the stringed and classical music world.

Makers Archive

An easy to use and comprehensive price and information database of thousands of historic violin makers.

Amati Team

With senior management and our specialist having worked at Christie’s, we have many years of auction experience and a comprehensive knowledge of trading in a highly specialised field.