About Us

The Musical Instrument Department have been undertaking specialist quarterly auctions for over 30 years with four dedicated sales held each year at our Corsham saleroom.

These highly successful auctions attract professional players looking to upgrade their instruments, students, collectors and international dealers.

Most notably we had the privilege of selling the Christopher Hogwood Collection of Keyboards which realised over half a million pounds.

Stringed Instruments Stringed instruments are individually appraised by our consultant and sold in individual section to include bows, violins, violoncellos and double basses.

Folk Instruments and Guitars feature in the auctions held in Corsham. There is always a strong demand for quality instruments in this category.

Brass and Woodwind A good selection of these instruments is always represented, ranging from student to professional and collectable and covering all areas of band and orchestra.

Guitar Auctions at Gardiner Houlgate have become the market leaders with the largest guitar auctions to be held in Europe, holding four dedicated two-day sales each year. Please visit our dedicated website where you will be able to view all the latest entries as they come in for sale.

For further information please contact Jamie South - Jamie.south@gardinerhoulgate.co.uk and Luke Hobbs for Guitars enquires luke.hobbs@gardinerhoulgate.co.uk 

Under the leadership of David Hare & Jamie South, Gardiner Houlgate is one of the premier firms of auctioneers in the Country.

We pride ourselves that we offer a personal, efficient, friendly and professional service. Auctioneering is reputed to be one of the oldest professions in the world and has been used by countless generations to establish and achieve the true market value of goods.  It is a traditional profession based on trust and responsibility for other people’s possessions, a tradition which Gardiner Houlgate is proud to uphold.

Unlike the archetypal provincial auctioneer, we have developed a range of specialist auctions, aimed at specific markets.  With the use of modern information technology, dedicated mailing lists, live internet bidding, targeted advertising and social media marketing, we ensure our clients have access to the International markets where we have a strong established presence.

We hold regular specialist auctions of Antique Furniture & Works of Art; Paintings; Watches and Clocks; Guitars & Musical Instruments; Jewellery; Decorative Arts; as well as Vintage & General sales.

Our professional approach to these innovative auctions, together with our competitive charges enables us to offer an unrivalled specialist auction service.

We are based in Corsham, close to Georgian Bath and the M4.  Our 15,000sq ft purpose design building has four specialist salerooms, high security storage and ample free parking.  The location was specifically chosen to allow easy access for our vendors and buyers, and our sales are regularly attended by national and international buyers as well as local collectors and enthusiasts.