Tarisio’s auctions provide buyers with an efficient and reliable means of purchasing high-quality instruments and bows at fair and competitive prices.

Our experts provide accurate attributions and the most reliable cataloging in the industry. We also extend a unique authenticity guarantee to every item cataloged as by a particular maker.

All items can be examined in advance of the sale at the public viewings. Musicians are also welcome to make an appointment to try instruments in the months before each auction – call +1 212 307 7224 for New York and +44 (0)20 7354 5763 for London.

Detailed descriptions, photographs and condition reports are available online for all lots. Our staff are happy to assist you with your inquiries.

The system of online bidding is easy, convenient and allows buyers to bid discreetly on their computer, smartphone or tablet.

General Information

Reserve Price

Many of the lots in each auction are offered for sale subject to a reserve. The reserve is a confidential minimum price agreed by Tarisio and the consignor, below which the lot will not be sold. Although the exact amount of the reserve is confidential, in no case will it be greater than the low estimate, although often it will be equal to that amount. When the reserve has been reached or exceeded, an indication of Reserve Met appears on the lot’s description in the online catalog.

Buyer's Premium

A premium will be added to the final bid price for each lot. This premium is equal to twenty per cent (20%) of the hammer price up to and including two hundred thousand dollars ($200,000), plus fifteen per cent (15%) of the amount exceeding two hundred thousand dollars ($200,000). For London sales, the threshold is one hundred thousand pounds (£100,000).

VAT and Sales Tax

Purchases made in London and New York sales may incur VAT or Sales Tax respectively. Please see our VAT and Sales Tax guidelines for further information.

Authenticity Guarantee

As a guarantee of the accuracy of its catalog attributions, Tarisio will refund, within a limited period of time, the hammer price and buyer’s premium of any lots that are later discovered not to be by the maker specified in Tarisio’s catalog. For further information on this guarantee, please see our Terms of Use.

First in, Last out, Take 2%

Be the first AND the last bidder on a certain lot and you’ll pay a reduced buyer’s premium of 18% up to and including $200,000 and 13% thereafter (the threshold is £100,000 for London sales).


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