The Queen's Award winning violin dealers, J & A Beare
, will make history this October by becoming the first major violin dealer to provide a boutique auction service for fine stringed instruments.
Beares Auctions will offer players and investors from around the world the opportunity to bid on a limited number of carefully selected fine instruments and bows. Instruments described as by a particular maker will be accompanied by a J & A Beare certificate of authenticity. The new service will provide an innovative web platform, including iOS compatibility for mobile bidding, and a number of features previously unseen in the violin auction industry such as Buy Now (the option to buy immediately at a fixed price). These new features will sit alongside the traditional expertise and after-sales support that has been provided by J & A Beare for generations.
Managing Directors of J & A Beare, Simon Morris and Steven Smith, explained that "over the years a number of our clients have enquired about auctioning their instruments as an alternative to private sale and had encouraged us to consider this option. With this in mind, we developed the concept of a small, boutique quality auction service that could complement and enhance our existing private sales business."
Bidding will be conducted exclusively online with the inaugural sale this October and a further auction planned for March 2015. Consignments are now being accepted.