Buying a fine instrument or bow at auction is easy and straightforward.

We hold six auctions per year of carefully selected fine instruments and bows. Our auctions are an efficient and reliable way to buy high-quality items at competitive prices, and we strive to sell items that are fresh to the market. See our auction calendar for details of upcoming sales in New York, London and Berlin.

Our experts provide accurate attributions and our cataloguing is the most reliable in the industry. You have instant online access to detailed descriptions, high-quality photographs and condition reports for all lots.

Online bidding
Tarisio’s online bidding platform is easy and convenient, allowing you to bid discreetly on your computer, tablet or smartphone. For more information on how to bid, please visit our Bidding page.

You can view and play the instruments and bows in the lead up to the auction in our galleries in New York, London and Berlin. Our staff will give you expert advice and guide you through the process.                              Viewings are by appointment only and must be scheduled in advance.

To make an appointment or for further information, please call +1 212 307 7224 (New York) +44 (0)20 7354 5763 (London) +49 30 9404 5443 (Berlin).

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.

VAT and Sales Tax

Purchases made in London, Berlin 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%.