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 musical instrument auctions
Ingles and Hayday hold two musical instrument auctions a year at Sotheby’s London galleries in New Bond Street.
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 & Hayday have worked on numerous joint projects with Sotheby’s. These include the auction of the Macdonald Stradivari viola, the sale of the ex-Croall; McEwen Stradivari in 2017, the sale of the Baron Heath Guarneri del Gesù in 2017 and the sale of Mstislav Rostropovich’s Guadagnini and Serafin cellos in 2018.
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.