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The Bonhams Musical Instrument Department and its corporate ancestors have a distinguished history of Auctions exceeding two hundred years, being first to sell at auction an example of Stradivari's work in 1809 for 106 guineas. Bonhams among major international auction houses, uniquely and robustly maintains this tradition in London, with remarkable auctions of concerto instruments and bows. Musicians and collectors are supported and enabled in this vigorous market which is underwritten by the global strength of the Repertoire.

For those wishing to sell string instruments in London by public auction or private treaty, Bonhams long experience and renowned expertise, combined with our access to a long-established international market ensures the full value of your property is realised.

Buyers are offered private viewings by appointment and free use of our Rehearsal Room in Knightsbridge. Please contact the department directly and register to bid at

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