Selling a Musical Instrument at Gardiner Houlgate could not be simpler. Our auctions provide the perfect platform to take away the stress and hassle that can be encountered from selling by other methods. Whether you are selling a single item, part of or an entire private collection, our team are on hand to assist you at every stage. We are pleased to offer free advice with several ways we can value and assess your items. If you are thinking of selling via auction, just follow the simple steps below.

1. Have your Musical Instrument valued by our in house specialist  We offer a free valuation service without obligation to sell.

There are a number of ways we can value your Musical Instrument.

  •  Email us with images – supply all known relevant information (make, model, serial number and provenance if known) and we can give an approximate auction valuation.

  • Make an appointment to see our specialist at the saleroom.

  • Contact us by telephone on 01225 812912 and talk to one of our valuers.

  • If you have a large collection, it may be possible to make an appointment for one of our valuers to visit your home.

2. Once you are happy with the valuation and suggested reserve (if applicable) and have decided to sell your Musical Instrument at auction, just bring it to us before the entry deadline and complete an entry form. Once on site, all items are fully insured. If you have a large collection that you would like collected and delivered to our salerooms, we have couriers passing most areas throughout the year. For a small fee, this provides a convenient service with minimal hassle. 

3. We take care of the rest. We will catalogue and photograph your Musical Instrument(s) in preparation for sale. All lots are illustrated in our online catalogues well in advance of the auction to ensure maximum exposure. Highlighted items will also feature on our social media platforms.

4. A pre-sale advice note and sale catalogue will be sent by post 7-10 working days before the sale as confirmation.

5. Follwing the auction, we aim to make payment by either cheque or BACS three weeks after the sale is completed. Should any items fail to sell, we will notify you after the sale. The items can either be re-offered into a future sale at a lower reserve or be collected.

We offer competitive commission rates, no charge for unsold lots, colour illustrated catalogues, full internet coverage and speedy payment. For full Vendors Terms and Condtions, please see the relevant section on our website. 

Reserve Price

We would normally recommend that items are sold at the auctioneers discretion. If you would like to place a reserve on an item then we have two types of reserves. Discretion which gives the auctioneer 10% discretion on a reserve figure, or Fixed where we will not sell below the set price.


You will receive a pre-sale advice letter approximately one week before the sale together with a complimentary sale catalogue. You are very welcome to attend the sale view and auction if you wish, or you can watch the auction live via our Live Bidding platform.


Commission is deducted at 15% on the hammer price.

Loss and Damage Warranty is charged at 1.5% of the value of the goods sold (minimum charge £1.50 per lot)

Each lot is subject to an Internet Illustration fee of £2.50

Commission rates on higher value items or larger consignments may be negotiated with the auctioneer.

All charges are subject to VAT at the current rate.