How Much is My Violin Worth?

Is my violin worth anything?

Violins can be worth anything from £1 for a battered old Skylark, to £10m and beyond for Stradivaris and Guarneris. Nobody knows quite how much the most expensive violin ever sold has been as buyers usually insist on anonymity, but sales in the millions are not unusual.

So how can you find out what your violin is worth? The first question to ask is whether you know who made it. The attribution is vital, as different makers achieve different prices, depending on the quality of their work. The next important factor is condition. Forget whether the violin has its strings or not, the important thing to take into account is cracks. Most cracks can be repaired, but they cost money to do and although you might be able to hide them, they will always ‘be there’.

As many labels are false and many attributions dangerous, it is usually wise to have the instrument looked at by an expert. Sometimes it is possible to do this from a photograph, sometimes they will need to see it in person. We travel, incessantly, around the world looking at instruments and if you look at our valuation day schedule you may find we are near you soon. Otherwise, fill in our online valuation form and hope for the best. One warning. This is a free service and we are swamped with enquiries. We do our best to get through them, but please be patient.

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