Step 1: Auction Viewing

All the bidding happens online but not wanting to relinquish more traditional methods of auctioneering, we also host physical viewings in Mayfair, London. Our team is on hand to answer any questions you have regarding the buying process and how to choose the right instrument or bow for your needs. Viewing days are held at the Lansdowne Club in Mayfair, London and once a year concurrently with The Amati Exhibition at The Langham Hotel, Regent Street, London.

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Step 2: Registering to Bid

To bid on the Lots you need to register as a buyer. This is a simple and quick process where we ask for your contact and address details. The final process is to request a £1 registration fee taken off a debit or credit card via Barclays' online payment platform.

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Step 3: Placing a Bid

Once registered you will be able to place bids. You can choose from a fixed increment selection tailored to the Lot estimates. Bids can be placed once the catalogue is published online up to the auction end date. The auction is sequential, much like an auctioneer moving from one Lot to the next one. Each Lot has a specific end time however should bids be placed in the final 120 seconds, the end time will auto extend by 5 minutes. This will continue to happen until there is one bidder left and the Lot will end. Email notifications are sent throughout the auction informing you of Lots won or Lots you've been outbid on.

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Step 4: After the Auction

Once the auction has finished you will receive an email informing you if your bid was successful. An invoice will be emailed the day after the auction and where we can this will include a shipping quotation. We will also include our commission (20% plus VAT) on the hammer price. A London collection day is arranged shortly after the auction and shipping Lots are packed in house and delivered to our shippers, Alban Shipping, a fortnight after the auction end date.

Upcoming Viewing Days

Viewing days are a great way to see and try out an instrument before you decide to bid on it at the auction. We always suggest you view the instrument in person before you buy.


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 –

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