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The Nick Lucas Special Guitar

[Detail] 1936 Gibson Nick Lucas Special Acoustic Guitar (Lot 36, Estimate: $15,000- 20,000)

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).… Read More

Skinner to Host Fine Musical Instruments Auction on May 22

French Classical Guitar, Robert Bouchet, Paris, 1970 (Lot 26, Estimate $40,000-$60,000)

BOSTON, MA – May 10, 2016 Skinner, Inc. will present its first Fine Musical Instruments auction of 2016 in its Boston Gallery on Sunday, May 22 at noon. This auction will feature 250 lots, including a selection of antique and vintage fretted instruments, several historically significant wind instruments, and a wide variety of classical stringed instruments and bows.… Read More

Skinner Presents Exceptional Violins, Double Basses and More at April 13 Auction of Fine Musical Instruments

Fine Italian Violin, Dom Nicolaus Amati, Bologna, c.1740 (Lot 28, Estimate $80,000-$100,000)

BOSTON, MA – March 17, 2014Skinner, Inc., the only American auction house hosting in-person sales of exceptional, high-quality instruments, announces its spring auction of Fine Musical Instruments on April 13, highlighted by the offering of a fine Italian violin, circa 1740, by Dom Nicolaus Amati. More than 300 lots will be featured, including stringed instruments from notable makers such as Landolphi, Gragnani, Rovatti, Baldoni, and De March as well as a selection of fine bows from Peccatte, Hill, and others.… Read More

Skinner Presents Exceptional Stringed Instruments and More on November 24

Fine Italian Violin, Nicolaus Gagliano, Naples, 1720, with Certificate (Lot 33, Estimate $120,000- $140,000)

BOSTON, MA – November 4, 2013Skinner, Inc., the only auction house hosting in-person sales of exceptional, high-quality instruments, announces its fall auction of Fine Musical Instruments on November 24, highlighted by the offering of a fine Pressenda violin. More than 300 lots will be featured, including stringed instruments from famed makers such as Gagliano, Rocca, Bisiach, Gadda, and Lucci, as well as a selection of fine bows.… Read More

Auction Features Vintage American Guitars and Rare Violoncello

First Dall’ Aglio violoncello to be offered at auction

BOSTON, Mass. – APRIL 17, 2013 – Skinner, Inc. will host an auction of Fine Musical Instruments on Sunday, April 28th in its Boston gallery. The sale offers more than 300 lots of stringed instruments including vintage American guitars, violins, cellos, and bows, as well as two instruments by Giuseppe Dall’ Aglio of Mantua. Instrumentalists are welcome to come play the instruments during the previews on April 26th through April 28th.… Read More

Perfection in an American Archtop Guitar

John D’Angelico guitars are known for their smooth tone, elegant appearance, and rarity: only about 1,200 of these instruments were produced. D’Angelico custom built each guitar by hand according to the specific requirements of his customers, and he employed only one apprentice ever to assist with production. D’Angelico guitars are now counted among the most valuable and desirable of modern archtop guitars.

Perfection in a Rare Guitar: the Martin D-45

C.F. Martin & Company had always made guitars in a very conservative style, and was even reluctant to list the D-45 as a regular item in their catalogue. Beginning in 1933, a few dozen were made at the request of famous cowboy personalities and specialty music stores. Gene Autry, Nolan “Cowboy Slim” Rinehart, Tex Fletcher, Jackie Moore and others wanted big guitars that would get them noticed. Martin added more pearl inlay on these instruments than on any D-size guitar that they had made previously, and used only selected pieces of spruce and rosewood of exceptional quality.