Your bow might be worth a fortune
Don’t forget your bow: a bow can be worth as much or more than the instrument it comes with.
How Much is My Violin Worth?
Violins can be worth anything from £1 for a battered old Skylark to £10m, and beyond, for Stradivaris and Guarneris. Nobody knows how much was the most expensive violin ever sold as buyers usually insist on anonymity, but sales in the millions are not unusual.
How can you find out what your violin is worth?
The first question to ask is whether you know who made it. The attribution is vital, as different makers achieve different prices, depending on the quality of their work.
The next important factor is condition. Forget whether the violin has its strings or not, the important thing to take into account is cracks. Most cracks can be repaired, but they cost money to do and although you might be able to hide them, they will always ‘be there’.
As many labels are false and many attributions dangerous, it is usually wise to have the instrument looked at by an expert. Sometimes it is possible to do this from a photograph; sometimes they will need to see it in person.
Our specialists at Amati travel around the world looking at instruments and, if you look at our valuation day schedule, you will probably find we are near you soon. Our market appraisals are free and without obligation. If you can’t wait, fill in our simple online valuation form for a quick and free appraisal.
Come to a Valuation Day
If you are thinking of selling, or just curious about the origins of your violin, viola, cello or bow, come along to an Amati Valuation Day.
Is my label fake?
Probably, but don’t despair. You can learn something about your violin from a fake label.
The most efficient way of finding out what your instrument is worth is to send us a few photographs through the Amati online valuation service. We should get your valuation to you within three weeks. If you want it within three days, we do have an express valuation service, which costs £20.