Upcoming Musical Instrument Auctions WORLDWIDE (January-December 2021)


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Hi All,

Here is a list of upcoming musical instrument auctions WORLDWIDE for anyone that is interested: (I think this is most of them but let me know if there are others)

In general I will only list auction houses that either regularly sell musical instruments or are selling over 10 instruments that are in some way interesting.

I will try and be inclusive of all types of musical instruments but it is likely that these listing are more strings focused.

For Auctions with small numbers of instruments for sale at general auction you are best to look online at the Sale Room. https://www.the-saleroom.com/

I now have a dodgy YouTube Channel where I just browse the catalogues and talk rubbish, if you want to look at my videos PM me for the link.

(LAST UPDATED 19TH FEBRUARY 2021)

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(UK) Hannams - January 11th - 15th (2021) - Art and antiques (includes a small selection of violins / bows) - https://hannamsauctioneers.com/auction/

(UK) Bromptons - January 13th - 22nd (2021) - General Instruments - https://www.bromptons.co/auction/13th-22nd-january-2021/list/page-1.html

(UK) Amati - January 18th - 27th (2021) - Specialist - https://app.amati.com/en/auction/1074-amati-specialist-27th-january              (AFTER SALE UNTIL 1ST FEBRUARY 2021)

(USA) Tarisio T2 - February 4th (2021) - Affordable - https://t2-auctions.com/auctions/?csid=2199388160

(UK) Amber Violins - February 9th (2021) - Musical Instruments - https://www.amberviolins.com/february-2021-auction/

(UK) Tennants - February 10th (2021) - Musical Instruments - https://bid.tennants.co.uk/m/view-auctions/catalog/id/935

(HK) FX TOURTE - February 9th - 23rd (2021) - Bows - https://fxtourteauctions.com/pages/auctions

(UK) Amati - February 12th - 25th (2021) - Affordable - https://app.amati.com/en/auction/1075-amati-affordable-24th-february

(UK) TW Gaze - February 24th (2021) - Music Sale - https://www.twgaze.co.uk/auctions/catalogues-and-auctions/current-catalogues/musical-instruments/

(GER) Mehlis - February 25th -27th (2021) - General Auction with Musical Instruments - https://www.mehlis.eu/de/catalogs/10120/102/?page=3

(UK) Ramco - February 10th - March 2nd (2021) - Military musical instruments surplus - https://auctions.ramco.uk/auctions/7734/ramco-10272

(UK) Peter Wilson - March 4th (2021) - Musical Instruments - https://www.wilson55.com/auction/details/MUS0321-musical-instruments/?au=333

(UK) Gardiner Houlgate - March 10th (2021) - Guitars - https://bid.gardinerhoulgate.co.uk/m/view-auctions/info/id/204

(UK) Gardiner Houlgate - March 11th (2021) - Guitars - https://bid.gardinerhoulgate.co.uk/m/view-auctions/info/id/205

(UK) Gardiner Houlgate - March 12th (2021) - Musical Instruments - https://bid.gardinerhoulgate.co.uk/m/view-auctions/info/id/206

(FRA) Vichy Encheres  March 16th - 18th (2021) - Instruments and wood - https://vichy-encheres.com/en/auctions/events/

(UK) Bromptons - March 10th - 22nd (2021) - General Sale - https://www.bromptons.co/auction/

(UK) Piano Auctions Ltd - March 23rd (2021) - Pianos and Keyboard instruments - https://pianoauctions.co.uk/auction-catalogue

(UK) Amati - March 12th - 24th (2021) - Specialist - https://app.amati.com/en/auction/1076-amati-specialist-24th-march/detail

(USA) Tarisio - March 9th - 25th (2021) - Fine Instruments and Bows - https://tarisio.com/auctions/auction-calendar/

(JPN) Sunrise - March 23rd - April 8th (2021) - Specialist - https://www.sunrise-auction.com/

(USA) Tarisio T2 - April (2021) - Affordable - https://t2-auctions.com/ 

(AT) Dorotheum - April 21st (2021) - Musical Instruments - https://www.dorotheum.com/en/c/musical-instruments-302/

(FRA) Vichy Encheres May 1st (2021) - Wind and Stringed Instruments - https://vichy-encheres.com/en/auctions/events/

(UK) Amber Violins - May (2021) - Musical Instruments - https://www.amberviolins.com/

(UK) Bromptons - May 24th - June 7th (2021) - Fine Sale - https://www.bromptons.co/auction/

(UK) Tarisio - May 25th - June 7th (2021) - Fine Instruments and Bows - https://tarisio.com/auctions/auction-calendar/

(USA) Tarisio - May 4th - 20th (2021) - Fine Instruments and Bows - https://tarisio.com/auctions/auction-calendar/

(UK) Adam Partridge - May 13th - 14th (2021) - Musical Instruments - https://www.adampartridge.co.uk/calendar/auction-calendar/

(UK) Amati - May 14th - 26th (2021) - Makers Sale - https://app.amati.com/en/auction/1077-the-makers-sale-26th-may/detail

(UK) Tennants - May 26th (2021) - Musical Instruments - https://bid.tennants.co.uk/m/view-auctions/catalog/id/968

(USA) Tarisio T2 - June (2021) - Affordable - https://t2-auctions.com/

(FRA) Vichy Encheres June 1st - 3rd (2021) - Quartet Instruments - https://vichy-encheres.com/en/auctions/events/

(UK) Ingles & Hayday - June 4th - 8th (2021) - Fine Instruments and Bows - https://ingleshayday.com/next-auction/

(UK) Gardiner Houlgate - June 16th (2021) - Guitars - https://www.gardinerhoulgate.co.uk/calendar-of-sales

(UK) Gardiner Houlgate - June 17th (2021) - Guitars - https://www.gardinerhoulgate.co.uk/calendar-of-sales

(UK) Gardiner Houlgate - June 18th (2021) - Musical Instruments - https://www.gardinerhoulgate.co.uk/calendar-of-sales

(UK) Gardiner Houlgate - September 9th (2021) - Guitars - https://www.gardinerhoulgate.co.uk/calendar-of-sales

(UK) Gardiner Houlgate - September 10th (2021) - Musical Instruments - https://www.gardinerhoulgate.co.uk/calendar-of-sales

(UK) Tarisio - October 5th - 18th (2021) - Fine Instruments and Bows - https://tarisio.com/auctions/auction-calendar/

(UK) Gardiner Houlgate - December 8th (2021) - Guitars - https://www.gardinerhoulgate.co.uk/calendar-of-sales

(UK) Gardiner Houlgate - December 9th (2021) - Guitars - https://www.gardinerhoulgate.co.uk/calendar-of-sales

(UK) Gardiner Houlgate - December 10th (2021) - Musical Instruments - https://www.gardinerhoulgate.co.uk/calendar-of-sales

 

 

 

 

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In 2021 I am thinking about throwing myself to the Wolves and starting a youtube channel where I look over the auction catalogues of the big auction houses when they go live and just explore what is around in a very informal low brow way.

 I will probably just go by the name Auction Idiot or something and see how it goes......... Just as a way to fuel my own interest and hopefully gain some more knowledge from painful feedback..... 

See how it goes.......

 

 

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I have updated this to be worldwide now, but as we are still in 2020 there are not that many auctions listed so far.

A few of the US auction houses haven't updated their calendars yet and I haven't found much in Europe so far.

If you notice any big ones that are missing, especially in France and Germany let me know.

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2 minutes ago, jamesbuchanan said:

Thanks Shelbow - you are astonishingly quick off the mark!

 

It's my real work avoidance program that has me checking for updates very regularly, along with any other way to avoid doing actual work :lol:

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1 minute ago, twcellist said:

Took a quick peak and rather disappointed at the celli they have. :mellow: Not sure why Amati in general have not had any good celli lately...

The first school of Kennedy cello looks interesting.

I think it is very difficult for auction houses to get instruments during the pandemic especially in the UK.

Some people don't want to leave their house at all, travel is limited and going on long journeys to collect things could see you fined by the police. The post service and even couriers are seeing massive delays.

The situation is just not a good one.

I'm in London and not far from central and we haven't recieved any mail for almost a week. The sorting hubs are lcosed due to Corona outbreaks.

 

 

 

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19 minutes ago, twcellist said:

Took a quick peak and rather disappointed at the celli they have. :mellow: Not sure why Amati in general have not had any good celli lately...

Good Afternoon Mr. Twcellist - nobody regrets the absence more than I, but you can probably guess why it is hard to find good cellos in the current climate.

My experience is that it is much harder to do any business at all during Lockdown V3. We managed to keep spinning along through 2020, but - and with good reason - people are less likely to meet at all now that they know the vaccine is round the corner. 

I am praying that when things clear up then I can leap around the UK like a gazelle, and, then, when things become easier internationally hop on planes, but in the meantime you are definitely looking at a tightening of supply.

 

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James- You might want your consignors to remove their instruments ads if they are consigning it to you on auction. Else, the auction price will never move. Lot 109 is being sold by JP Guiver on their website for 6000 and has been consigned to Amati with a starting bid for the same price :-) 

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18 minutes ago, martin swan said:

Yogic, for exactly the same reason, if this is a genuine concern of yours then you might want to communicate it in a PM to Amati, rather than set it in stone here on Maestronet for all to see ...

Of Course I want everyone to see it. The auctioneer has nothing to lose if the item does not sell. But a buyer who bids the instrument to hundreds of pounds higher than what it is being publicly sold for in addition to paying the hefty premium would walk away feeling cheated. And lets also note that if the retail price of JP Guivier is 6000, the actual cost will be much lower for the dealer.An auctioneer should not just be fair to the seller but also the buyer.People come to auctions looking for fair deals but if the auctioneer takes a dealers inventory and posts it for an auction with the bid starting at the retail price offered by the dealer , thats not correct at all. I will now start suspecting if the rest of the items are also similar.

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1 hour ago, Yogic said:

Of Course I want everyone to see it. The auctioneer has nothing to lose if the item does not sell. But a buyer who bids the instrument to hundreds of pounds higher than what it is being publicly sold for in addition to paying the hefty premium would walk away feeling cheated. And lets also note that if the retail price of JP Guivier is 6000, the actual cost will be much lower for the dealer.An auctioneer should not just be fair to the seller but also the buyer.People come to auctions looking for fair deals but if the auctioneer takes a dealers inventory and posts it for an auction with the bid starting at the retail price offered by the dealer , thats not correct at all. I will now start suspecting if the rest of the items are also similar.

The shop offers it at £6,000.00,  but  the Amati opening bid is only £5,000.00.  :)

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27 minutes ago, Violadamore said:

The auctioneer has nothing to lose if the item does not sell.

Actually auctioneers do have a sales and marketing investment in every item in their catalog, and Amati charges a consigner 15% of the estimate if the item is withdrawn by the consigner before the auction. I believe that it is standard practice for all major auction houses to charge a fee to a consigner if the consigner withdraws their lot(s). I think Tarisio charges the full 20% seller's fee for a withdrawn lot.

They want sellers' remorse to be painful and expensive because they do lose money when a seller withdraws a lot.

I don't know if it is a violation of the Consignment Agreement to publicly offer an instrument for sale once it is in the Auction catalog. I thought that once listed the Auction House has an exclusive right of to sell it.

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9 minutes ago, GeorgeH said:

Actually auctioneers do have a sales and marketing investment in every item in their catalog, and Amati charges a consigner 15% of the estimate if the item is withdrawn by the consigner before the auction. I believe that it is standard practice for all major auction houses to charge a fee to a consigner if the consigner withdraws their lot(s). I think Tarisio charges the full 20% seller's fee for a withdrawn lot.

They want sellers' remorse to be painful and expensive because they do lose money when a seller withdraws a lot.

I don't know if it is a violation of the Consignment Agreement to publicly offer an instrument for sale once it is in the Auction catalog. I thought that once listed the Auction House has an exclusive right of to sell it.

So it means they have nothing to lose.If the auction ends in a sale, they pocket the seller and buyer commission. If the consignor withdraws the item, they recover their cost by charging the consignor.If it does not sell, they 

 

35 minutes ago, Violadamore said:

The shop offers it at £6,000.00,  but  the Amati opening bid is only £5,000.00.  :)

No, the buyer pays 22% commission and  the final bill to the buyer comes to around 6100.

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Even if I am the 

38 minutes ago, Violadamore said:

The shop offers it at £6,000.00,  but  the Amati opening bid is only £5,000.00.  :)

Even if I am the only bidder, I will still pay to Amati more than what I would have paid to JP Guivier for buying the same instrument from their website. 5000 bid +1100 commission. 

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