The collecting of fine musical instruments is a niche market. While most merely have a 'second-hand' value, some instruments - especially violins, cellos and guitars - can be truly collectable and very valuable. The market also sees pianos and percussion instruments as worthwhile investments. This collecting field is driven by academia and passion, with music scholars and makers working very closely with the musical instrument market. If you'd like to get a Musical Instruments appraisal from our online specialist, simply upload a photograph and tell us any other details you know about the item.
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The Auction market for Musical Instruments
The sale of the 1971 Lady Blunt Stradivari violin for $15.9 million in2011 was the highest price achieved for a violin on the market.Extraordinarily, this price was achieved by the online auctioneers Tarisio and not by Sotheby's or Christie's. Although violins from very significant makers are the most sought after on the market, other instruments do see spectacular prices. In 2000, the auction record was set for a piano sold by Fleetwood Owen which fetched $2.1 million. The piano was John Lennon's upright Steinway. The highest price paid for a Piano not owned by a celebrity was a 1887 Steinway Grand with a case designed by Sir Laurence Alma-Tadema which sold for $1.2 million at Christie's New York.
Useful & Related Links
Royal Academy of Music, London, UK: Museum
Musée de la Musique, Paris, FranceVictoria & Albert Museum, London, UK: Musical Instruments
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