John & Arthur Beares

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Buying

As a dealer in fine violins, violas and cellos, we buy and sell instruments with a market value of at least £10,000, offering a particular specialisation in the finest old Italian instruments. We also deal in bows with a market value upwards of £2,000.

Our unrivalled team of specialists is trusted by musicians, collectors and investors around the world, with many of the world’s leading performers, both past and present, choosing to play on instruments from Beare’s. Among them are: Joshua Bell, Janine Jansen, Kyung Wha Chung, Julia Fischer, Nigel Kennedy, Pinchas Zukerman, Mischa Elman, Yehudi Menuhin, Nathan Milstein, Isaac Stern, Lynn Harrel, Steven Isserlis, Ralph Kirshbaum, Yo-Yo Ma, Heinrich Schiff, Pierre Fournier, Jacqueline du Pré and Mstislav Rostropovich.

Instruments

If, as a musician, collector or investor, you are looking to buy a fine violin, viola or cello, we offer an extensive and outstanding selection: from 19th and 20th century English and European instruments to exceptional examples of the work of Guarneri, Stradivari and other Italian masters. All these instruments have been meticulously prepared for sale by the expert luthiers in our London workshop.

Beare’s catalogue also includes a limited number of new instruments, crafted to the highest standards and modelled on examples by the great Italian violin-makers in Beare’s own workshop. We are also proud to work closely with the renowned violin-maker, Stefan-Peter Greiner, whose instruments we sell and represent to our clients.

Naturally, buyers attach importance to an instrument’s investment value and sales history and we will undertake to provide all the available background information. When buying through Beare’s you can be confident in our reputation as the world’s most respected violin dealer and (where a specific maker can be identified), the Beare’s Certificate of Authenticity which will be supplied with your instrument.

In addition to our exceptional level of care and advice, you can rely on the long-term maintenance of your instrument, ensured by the after-sales service provided by our renowned London workshop. We are also pleased to supply buyers with annual insurance valuations, for which we make no charge.

Bows

Our superb selection of bows, with prices starting at £2,000, range up to the finest examples of F.X. Tourte’s work. Please contact us for an appointment by using the contact form.

Auctions

We also offer our clients the possibility of selling and buying through our boutique online auction house, Beares Auctions. Supported by the traditions of expertise and integrity of J & A Beare, our auctions specialise in the sale of high-quality instruments and bows of varying price ranges. Posted on our user-friendly online platform, we offer competitive commission rates, including 0% for all sellers, and individual ‘Buy Now’ periods for most items. Discretion for both buyers and sellers is guaranteed with details of instruments removed from our website immediately after the sale. If you would like to enquire about either buying or selling through our auction please contact auctions@beares.com, 020 7307 9653 or visit the Beares Auctions website at bearesauctions.com.

I love entering the old-world atmosphere of Beare’s, and especially visiting the workshops upstairs, with their feeling of craftsmen painstakingly breathing new life into old instruments. I have been frequently in the shop since I was a teenager (so for a few years at least) and continue to bother them on a regular basis. It’s always a pleasure (for me)!

— Steven Isserlis