Tim and Paul ran Sotheby's Musical Instrument department for 20 years before establishing Ingles & Hayday in 2012, where they continue to offer fine and rare stringed instruments for sale by private sale and auction. Musical instrument auctions are held twice a year at Sotheby's New Bond Street. Tim and Paul's expertise in the field, combined with their ongoing role as consultants to Sotheby's, generates international interest in their sales.
At Ingles & Hayday we pride ourselves on our openness and honesty, and our commission structures are clearly defined. We do not accept, or pay, secret commissions of any kind under any circumstances. All introductory commissions are declared to the buyer or seller. In a world where impartiality is a rare commodity, we are proud to offer impartial advice and valuations to buyers and sellers.
In December 2012, Tim Ingles and Paul Hayday established Ingles & Hayday, a specialist fine and rare musical instrument auction house and dealership. Tim and Paul, both well respected musical instrument experts, have been working together for 15 years, running Sotheby's musical instrument department.
Tim and Paul joined Sotheby's in 1994 and 1997 respectively and took over the running of the business in 1999.
Their first year in charge saw the iconic sale of the rare collection of Yehudi Menuhin, which achieved 16 auction records in 100 lots.
In 2008 they sold the fine collection of Albert Cooper, which included record-breaking instruments by Carlo Tononi, Carlo Bergonzi and P.G. Rogeri, and bows by Dominique Peccatte and Grand Adam. The auction's total of $5.7m also set a new record.
In 2004 Tim and Paul launched their private sale business, which has grown steadily over the last 12 years and now rivals most of the world's leading dealers. In the past five years they have sold 15 rare stringed instruments by Stradivari and Guarneri del Gesù, including the 'ex-Vieuxtemps' Guarneri of circa 1740 and the 'Emiliani' Stradivari of 1723.