Skinner’s Fine Musical Instruments Auction Features Vintage Guitars & Memorabilia, November 5

Waylon Jennings Fender Telecaster Electric Guitar, 1953 (Lot 572, Estimate: $100,000-150,000)

Waylon Jennings Fender Telecaster Electric Guitar, 1953 (Lot 572, Estimate: $100,000-150,000)

Highlights include selections from the Estate of Little Jimmy Dickens, Waylon Jennings, The Ramones, and the Collection of Marty Stuart

BOSTON, MA Skinner, Inc. will present its second Fine Musical Instruments auction of 2016 on Saturday, November 5 at 12PM. The 570 lot auction will feature vintage and celebrity-owned guitars, banjos and mandolins, classical stringed instruments and bows, and the largest collection of music memorabilia on offer at Skinner to date.

Vintage Guitars & Memorabilia

The 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 Nudie Cohn, who was famous for outfitting Elvis in gold lamé and John Lennon in Western wear. From Nashville to Beverly Hills, anyone who was anyone owned a Nudie suit, and Little Jimmy Dickens owned many.  A standout Nudie Suit is Lot 362 (estimated between $3,000-5,000), a robin’s egg blue jacket and pants with orange underlay and piping, and matching orange felt cowboy hat and leather boots. Dickens’s large personal collection of 35mm Kodachrome slides, including Two Color Images of Hank Williams (Lot 357, $3,000-5,000) is another collection highlight.


Little Jimmy Dickens in Mauve Suit (Lot 378, Estimate $1,000-1,500)

Nudie Cohn owned lots from the collection of five-time Grammy winning multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, and photographer, Marty Stuart, are also on offer, highlighted by a unique convertible top boot, c. 1973 (Lot 523, $20,000-30,000), from one of Cohn’s “Nudie Mobiles,” bearing the signatures of dozens of his celebrity clientele, including John Lennon, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Colonel Tom Parker, Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, Hank Williams Jr., Glen Campbell, Gene Autry, and others.

Leading the vintage and celebrity-owned guitars selection is Waylon Jennings’s 1953 Fender Telecaster (Lot 572, $100,000-150,000), complete with stenciled and numbered flight case, and including a certificate of authenticity signed by Waylon himself.

In addition, an equally rare pair of Mosrite electric guitars owned by The Ramones (Lots 570 and 571, $15,000-25,000, and $40,000-60,000, respectively), rounds out the vintage guitars and memorabilia section.

Italian Violin, Giovanni Pistucci, Naples, c. 1900 (Lot 290, Estimate$35,000-50,000)

Italian Violin, Giovanni Pistucci, Naples, c. 1900 (Lot 290, Estimate$35,000-50,000)

Classical Stringed Instruments & Bows

Highlights in an offering of exceptional stringed instruments are an Italian violin by Giovanni Pistucci, Naples, c. 1900 (Lot 290, $35,000-50,000), a French violin by Jacques Pierre Thibout, Paris, 1827 (Lot 288, $20,000-25,000), and an American Violin by George Gemunder, Astoria, 1895 (Lot 277, $6,000-8,000).

Skinner is also pleased to offer an exquisite English Violin Case, W.E. Hill & Sons, London, c. 1890 (Lot 1, $4,000-6,000), as well as a selection of fine French bows by Francois Peccatte, Nicolas Maline, and bow-making materials from the Estate of Randy L. Steenburgen.

Previews, Catalog, and Bidding

Auction previews are free and open to the public. Previews will be held in Boston on Thursday, November 3 from 12PM – 7PM, Friday, November 4 from 10:30AM – 5PM, and Saturday, November 5 from 9AM – 10:30AM. Illustrated catalogs for auction 2955B are available from the Subscriptions Department at or from the Gallery. Prices realized will be available online at during and after the sale. The Skinner website also enables users to view all lots in the auction, leave bids, order catalogs and bid live, in real-time through SkinnerLive!

About Skinner

Skinner auctions draw international interest from buyers and consignors alike, with material regularly achieving record prices. The company’s auction and appraisal services focus on fine art, jewelry, furniture, and decorative arts from around the globe, as well as wine, fine musical instruments, rare books, Asian art, clocks, Judaica, and more. Monthly Skinner Discovery auctions feature a breadth of estate material. Widely regarded as one of the most trusted names in the business, Skinner appraisers have appeared on the PBS-TV series, Antiques Roadshow, since the show’s inception. Skinner has galleries in Boston and Marlborough, Massachusetts, as well as in New York City and Miami, Florida, with bidders participating in person, by phone, and online. Join auctions live with SkinnerLive! and Bidsquare. For more information and to read our blog, visit the website at, find us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter and Instagram.



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