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Tim Ingles and Paul Hayday joined Sotheby’s in the 1990s and ran Sotheby’s Musical Instrument department for 15 years. In 1999 they sold the collection of Yehudi Menuhin, which achieved 16 auction records in 100 lots, and in 2008 the collection of Albert Cooper, which included record-breaking instruments by Carlo Tononi, Carlo Bergonzi and P.G. Rogeri. In 2004 Tim and Paul launched their private sale business, which has grown steadily ever since and now rivals most of the world’s leading dealers.

In 2012, Tim Ingles and Paul Hayday established Ingles & Hayday, a specialist fine and rare musical instrument auction house and dealership, where they offer fine and rare stringed instruments for sale by auction and private sale. In the past five years they have sold 15 instruments by Stradivari and Guarneri del Gesù, including the Il Museo; ex-Grumiaux Guarneri of 1739 and the Molitor Stradivari of 1697.

Over 25 years in the violin business, Tim and Paul have established a reputation for honest ethical violin dealing, founded on dependable expertise, and for reliability and openness in their client relationships. They pride themselves on establishing long term relationships with their clients, based on trust and mutual respect.

Tim and Paul’s expertise in the field, combined with their ongoing role as consultants to Sotheby’s, generates international interest in their sales.

Meet the Team

Our Business Ethics

At Ingles & Hayday we pride ourselves on our openness and honesty, and our commission structures are clearly defined. We do not accept, or pay, secret commissions of any kind under any circumstances. All introductory commissions are declared to the buyer or seller. In a world where impartiality is a rare commodity, we are proud to offer impartial advice and valuations to buyers and sellers.

Our Relationship with Sotheby’s

Tim Ingles & Paul Hayday maintain a unique working relationship with Sotheby’s, acting as their exclusive consultants for musical instruments. In a tradition that we are proud to continue, Sotheby’s held its inaugural musical instrument auction at its New Bond Street Galleries in 1969, the same rooms where Ingles & Hayday sell today, 50 years on.

Sotheby’s has an eminent place in the history of musical instrument sales. They are particularly known for the world record-breaking sale of the ‘Lady Blunt’ Stradivari in 1971, the sale of the Sam Bloomfield Collection in 1988, and the sale of the collection of Yehudi Menuhin in 1999. Tim Ingles and Paul Hayday joined Sotheby’s in 1994 and 1997 and ran the department until 2012, when Ingles & Hayday was founded.

Ingles and Hayday hold two musical instrument auctions a year at Sotheby’s in New Bond Street and Sotheby’s refers all musical instrument enquiries to Ingles & Hayday. Ingles & Hayday and Sotheby’s work closely together to ensure that vendors and buyers of fine musical instruments are offered the highest-quality service through their combined experience as leaders in the international market.

MEET OUR TEAM

TIM INGLES – DIRECTOR

Tim Ingles was born into a musical family in 1967. His mother had a diploma on the piano and his father, Jim, was a keen amateur violinist. Jim collected violins and bows, and was joint-owner of Thomas Smith Violins in Birmingham in the 1970s.

Tim studied modern languages at university and worked in Munich for two years before joining Sotheby’s in 1994. He became Head of Musical Instruments in 1999 and oversaw the sale of the collection of Yehudi Menuhin (1999) and Albert Cooper (2008).

In his 19 years at Sotheby’s, Tim gained a reputation for expertise and integrity. He cemented Sotheby’s position as the leading auctioneer of musical instruments, and after the launch of their private sales division in 2004, established Sotheby’s as one of the world’s leading violin dealers… Read more

Tim Ingles

Tim Ingles was born into a musical family in 1967. His mother had a diploma on the piano and his father, Jim, was a keen amateur violinist. Jim collected violins and bows, and was joint-owner of Thomas Smith Violins in Birmingham in the 1970s.

Tim studied modern languages at university and worked in Munich for two years before joining Sotheby’s in 1994. He became Head of Musical Instruments in 1999 and oversaw the sale of the collection of Yehudi Menuhin (1999) and Albert Cooper (2008).

In his 19 years at Sotheby’s, Tim gained a reputation for expertise and integrity. He cemented Sotheby’s position as the leading auctioneer of musical instruments, and after the launch of their private sales division in 2004, established Sotheby’s as one of the world’s leading violin dealers.

Tim left Sotheby’s in 2012 and, together with his colleague Paul Hayday, set up Ingles & Hayday, a specialist auctioneer and dealer of fine stringed instruments. Ingles & Hayday has quickly established itself as one of the most respected dealerships in the violin world. Tim has handled the sale of over 30 instruments by Stradivari and Guarneri del Gesù, including the ‘Vieuxtemps’ and ‘Kreisler’ Guarneris and the ‘Emiliani’ and ‘Molitor’ Stradivaris. He represents some of the world’s leading collectors and musicians.

Tim is married with four children and lives in Haywards Heath in Sussex. He plays piano and cello and works with various musical charities in the UK.

PAUL HAYDAY – DIRECTOR

Paul was brought up surrounded by music. With the encouragement of his father, an accomplished pianist, Paul began to learn the violin at the age of five. He won a scholarship to the specialist music school Chetham’s in Manchester and later continued his musical education with a Musicology degree at Durham University.

Violins have always held a fascination for Paul, and in 1997 he was fortunate to be offered a position in Sotheby’s Musical Instrument Department, where he was able to pursue this interest in more depth. In his 19 years in the business, Paul has developed an in-depth knowledge of the market and violin expertise, and has gained a reputation for honesty, empathy and reliable, impartial advice. He uses his experience as a musician to best guide artists in their search for the perfect instrument…Read more

Paul Hayday

Paul was brought up surrounded by music. With the encouragement of his father, an accomplished pianist, Paul began to learn the violin at the age of five. He won a scholarship to the specialist music school Chetham’s in Manchester and later continued his musical education with a Musicology degree at Durham University.

Violins have always held a fascination for Paul, and in 1997 he was fortunate to be offered a position in Sotheby’s Musical Instrument Department, where he was able to pursue this interest in more depth. In his 19 years in the business, Paul has developed an in-depth knowledge of the market and

violin expertise, and has gained a reputation for honesty, empathy and reliable, impartial advice. He uses his experience as a musician to best guide artists in their search for the perfect instrument.

In his career so far, Paul has been involved in the sale of 29 instruments by Stradivari and Guarneri del Gesù. Paul is a board member of a creative musical charity dedicated to improving the quality of life of underprivileged children in London. In the summer months he is an enthusiastic sailor. He lives in Berkhamsted with his wife and three daughters.

SAMANTHA ROWE

Auction Manager

Samantha joined Ingles & Hayday Ltd. in the summer of 2015 as Auction Manager; she looks after clients throughout the auction process and manages both the auction logistics and the office.

RAINER COCRON

Specialist & Private Sales

Born in Salzburg in 1987, Rainer grew up in an artistic environment and studied the violin at the University Mozarteum with Igor Ozim, Wonji Kim and Klara Flieder-Pantillon.

CATHERINE BOWDER

Shipping Co-ordinator & Accounts Manager

Chilean by birth, Catherine Bowder was schooled in England and Belgium. After graduating in music at Durham University she joined Sotheby’s in 1996.

“What an incredible experience dealing with Ingles & Hayday to assist me, as Personal Representative of an estate in the United States…I was so impressed with the personal attention and the depth of knowledge and support that Ingles & Hayday provided”

  Darby Jones – Google Review