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A Charmed Life: Eugenio Praga and Paganini

Italian Violin and Bow, Eugenio Praga, Genoa, 1892 (Lot 104, Estimate: $30,000-50,000)

Four centuries of music-making tradition cross the auction block at Skinner, with works of Hendrik Jacobs, Giovanni Battista Gabrielli, Charles François Gand, and Eugenio Praga. With approximately 360 lots on offer, including a broad selection of violins, violas, violoncellos, and their bows, the June 2 auction will also feature a collection of contemporary classical and flamenco guitars, in addition to vintage fretted instruments by Gibson and C.F.… Read More

Now Inviting Consignments | Fine Musical Instruments

Skinner has been hosting dedicated, live auctions of Fine Musical Instruments in Boston continuously for over thirty years, and remains the only full-service auction house in America to do so. Skinner’s Fall Fine Musical Instruments Auction will showcase a selection of classical string instruments and their bows, vintage fretted instruments, and a wide array of lutherie materials, tools, and books.

From Amati, Stradivari and Guarneri, to Pressenda, Fagnola and Scarampella, Italian violins spanning four centuries represent the pinnacle of the art form.… Read More

The Nick Lucas Special Guitar

Before Les Paul and his namesake guitar became poster boys for Gibson in 1952, and before Tiny Tim popularized “Tiptoe Through the Tulips” in 1968, Nick Lucas did both by 1929.

Nick Lucas was born in 1897 in Newark, New Jersey, and his Nick Lucas Special Guitar was born in the mid-1920s in Kalamazoo, Michigan (although Gibson did not make the guitar available to the public until 1927). “The Crooning Troubador,” Nick Lucas was a star of stage and screen throughout the Twenties and Thirties, and the Nick Lucas Special, a small-but-deep-bodied steel-string acoustic guitar, his musical counterpart.… Read More

From Nashville to Beverly Hills: The Timeless Rock N’ Roll Style of Nudie Cohn

Skinner’s November 5th Vintage Guitar and Memorabilia auction features a large collection from the Estate of Country Music Hall of Fame and long-time Grand Ole Opry member, Little Jimmy Dickens. Highlights include many of Dickens’s custom stage-worn Nudie Suits, hats, and boots, made by famous tailor Nudie Cohn.

Whether an icon of the stage and screen or a country singer on tour for the first time, Nudie’s Rodeo Tailors in North Hollywood, California, was a destination for the hip and aspiring alike.… Read More

Historic Silver Wind Instruments Return Home to Boston

Boston has long been a hub of revolution, academic learning and culture, but for those of us enchanted by the siren songs of Cremona or Kalamazoo, Boston’s legacy as a center of musical instrument manufacture often goes unheard. In reality, for about a century through the early 1900s, Boston’s cobblestone streets were littered with makers’ shingles, from the smallest luthier’s workshop to the largest distributor’s factory, churning out instruments for the New World to rival those of the Old.… Read More