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    Sale 2033

    Fine Musical Instruments

    10 October 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 16

    C.F. MARTIN AND COMPANY

    A GUITAR OF BRAZILIAN ROSEWOOD, STYLE D-50DX, NAZARETH, PA., 2000

    Price Realised  

    C.F. MARTIN AND COMPANY
    A GUITAR OF BRAZILIAN ROSEWOOD, STYLE D-50DX, NAZARETH, PA., 2000
    The headstock inlaid C.F. Martin & Co. EST. 1833, labeled C.F. Martin & Co D-50 Deluxe First Edition C.F. Martin IV PROTO #2 of 2., bearing the serial number 750142, length of back 20 in (508 mm) with hardshell, leather covered case (2)


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    The D-50 Deluxe was the first Martin to feature pearl inlay on the back and sides as well as the fingerboard, bridge, pick guard, and peghead. The ornamentation illustrates Martin's traditional "Tree Of Life" pattern, cut from dark-heart abalone and mother-of-pearl. The back and sides are of Brazilian rosewood and the top of Sitka spruce with pronounced "bear-claw", and fit with forward scalloped bracing. The intricate detail work on the 50 guitars produced took 2 years to complete and were sold out within days of their first introduction in 2001.

    Special Notice

    Prospective purchasers are advised that several countries prohibit the importation of property containing materials from endangered species, including but not limited to coral, ivory and tortoiseshell. Accordingly, prospective purchasers should familiarize themselves with relevant customs regulations prior to bidding if they intend to import this lot into another country.


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