Skinner to Host Fine Musical Instruments Auction in Boston on April 29

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.

American Electric Guitar, Fender Electric Instruments, Fullerton, 1952/67, Model Telecaster, stamped 0686 on the bridge plate, the later neck, stamped 93089 on the neck plate, signed on the body, length of back 15 3/4 in., with later case and article of ownership. Provenance: Roy Buchanan, Mark Rowley, Rock Star Rentals. Estimate:$75,000-100,000

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 Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, a longtime member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the Gabrielli trio. In excellent condition with a splendid golden varnish, the viola is 16 3/8 inches and is considered ideal for both orchestral and chamber music.

Cellists will find a fine English cello from 1792 by Benjamin Banks of Salisbury (lot 78, $18,000 to $22,000). This Banks was previously the instrument of the esteemed and beloved cello teacher, Margaret Rowell. It was fully restored in 1979 by Mario D’Allesandro, sold and certified that year by Jacques Francais.

French Bows
The sale also features a fine collection of French bows including a Francois Jude Gaulard violin bow (lot 114, $6,000 to $8,000), a Joseph Henry violin bow (lot 126, $14,000 to $18,000), a Jacob Eury violin bow (lot 103, $10,000 to $14,000), a Eugene Sartory violin bow (lot 128, $10,000 to $14,000), and a Victor Fetique violoncello bow (lot 141, $8,000 to $12,000).

Previews, Events, Catalogue, and Bidding
Previews for the auction will be held on Friday, April 27, 2012, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. and Saturday, April 28, 2012, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, April 29, 2012, 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

Illustrated catalogue #2595B is available by mail from the subscription department at #508-970-3240. It is also available at the gallery. Prices realized will be available at during and after the sale. Skinner’s site also allows users to view all lots in the auctions, leave bids, order catalogues, and bid live in real-time through SkinnerLive!

About Skinner
Skinner, Inc. is one of the world’s leading auction houses for antiques and fine art. With expertise in over 20 specialty collecting areas, Skinner draws the interest of buyers from all over the world and its auctions regularly achieve world record prices. Skinner provides a broad range of auction and appraisal services, and it is widely regarded as one of the most trusted names in the auction business. Skinner’s appraisal experts regularly appear on the PBS-TV series, Antiques Roadshow, and its specialty departments include American Furniture & Decorative Arts, American & European Works of Art, European Furniture & Decorative Arts, 20th Century Design, Fine Ceramics, Fine Silver, Fine Jewelry, Couture, Fine Musical Instruments, Asian Works of Art, Fine Wines, Rare Books & Manuscripts, Oriental Rugs & Carpets, American Indian & Ethnographic Art, Fine Judaica, Antique Motor Vehicles, Toys, Dolls & Collectibles, Discovery and Science, Technology & Clocks. Skinner galleries are located in Boston and Marlborough, Mass. For more information on upcoming auctions and events, visit Skinner’s web site