Tim Ingles and Paul Hayday joined Sotheby's in 1994 and 1997 respectively and went on to run the musical instrument department for 15 years. Their achievements included the iconic sale of the collection of Yehudi Menuhin in 1999, which achieved 16 auction records in 100 lots. From 2004 they also offered instruments by private sale and have sold instruments by Stradivari and Guarneri del Gesu amongst other highly sought-after makers.
In 2013, Tim Ingles & Paul Hayday established a specialist musical instrument auction house and dealership under the name Ingles & Hayday to enable them to tailor their services to the specific requirements of their clients.
Sotheby's no longer maintains an in house musical instrument department and Tim and Paul act as official consultants to Sotheby's, with all relevant enquiries being referred directly to Ingles & Hayday. They also offer valuations for fine and rare stringed instruments and bows at Sotheby’s offices around the world.
Ingles & Hayday hold two musical instrument auctions a year in Sotheby's Bond Street galleries and the two companies continue to 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 of the international market.
Paul Hayday at the press launch of the 'Ex-Croall; McEwen' Stradivari violin in partnership with Sotheby's Hong Kong.