BigNews.Biz - Apr 11,2012 - BOSTON, Mass. – APRIL 11, 2012 – Skinner, Inc. will host an auction of Fine Musical Instruments on Sunday, April 29th in its Boston gallery. The sale offers more than 350 lots of stringed instruments including guitars, violins, cellos, and bows. String players seeking outstanding values from the 18th century will find a number of Italian and English instruments of interest.
Vintage Guitars – Fender, Gibson, and Martin
A 1952 Fender Telecaster that once belonged to the highly influential guitarist Roy Buchanan will be auctioned (lot 44, estimated between $75,000 and $100,000). Buchanan was an American blues musician and important influence in the American popular music scene. A pioneer and innovator, Buchanan played a major role in the creation of the “Telecaster sound.” This signed Telecaster is one of several that Buchanan customized for his own use. Buchanan was persuaded by a fan to sell it following a set at the famous Lone Star Café on Fifth Avenue in 1982. He signed it the next night following his set at My Father’s Place in Old Roslyn, New York. The guitar has been part of a private collection for 10 years.
A rare, early-edition Gibson ES-335 with a “dot inlay” fingerboard (lot 20, $20,000 to $28,000) will be featured. In addition to being one of the most coveted electric styles in rock, blues, and jazz music, it is also a highly “collectible” guitar. Also offered will be four Martin guitars, including a 1936 C.F. Martin D-18 guitar (lot 29, $22,000 to $28,000) with a rare shaded top finish. This guitar is light in weight and has a full, rich sound, and a powerful ability to project.
Italian Violins – Gagliagno, Scarampella, and the School of Andrea Guarneri
The sale features a Gagliano Family violin ascribed to Ferdinando Gagliano, circa 1756 (lot 86, $90,000 to $120,000). This Gagliano previously belonged to a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra who used it regularly in concert.
Also offered is a remarkable Stefano Scarampella violin (lot 77, $30,000 to $50,000). This Scarampella was made in the early 1900s during what is considered to be the maker’s best period. The instrument last sold in Paris in 1932 and is accompanied by its bill of sale from Maucotel et Deschamps on the Rue de Rome.
A fine Genovese violin by Paulo Castello will also be offered (lot 82, $25,000 to $35,000). The instrument belonged to a Los Angeles-based studio violinist who had been the concertmaster of the Tommy Dorsey and Xavier Cougat orchestras.
An Italian violin of the school of Andrea Guarneri circa 1700 (lot 68, $15,000 to $25,000) has the proportions of his larger model and broad, flat arching for maximum projection. The instrument is in fine restored condition with a warm golden red varnish.
Violas and Cellos – Gabrielli and Banks
For violists, there is an outstanding Florentine instrument circa 1750 ascribed to Giovanni Battista Gabrielli (lot 72, $40,000 to $60,000). This viola was once the concert instrument of Earl Hedberg, principal violist of the