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 and London.
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.
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 and London. Our staff will give you expert advice and guide you through the process.
To make an appointment or for further information, please call +1 212 307 7224 for New York and +44 (0)20 7354 5763 for London.
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.
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).
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.
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).