10 October 2008
C.F. MARTIN AND COMPANY
A GUITAR, STYLE 000-17, NAZARETH, PA., 2000
The headstock inlaid C.F. Martin & Co. EST 1833, stamped on the neck block 000-17 773693, length of back 19 7/16 in (494 mm) with case (2)
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Of the many models made by C.F. Martin and Company the OOO-17 could be considered one of the rarest. The first and only example known prior to 1952 is a single instrument made in 1911. In 1952 the model was re-introduced and 25 were produced with production ending that same year.
This example is a 14 fret prototype made in the year 2000 and was never put into production.
Please note Christie's is selling lots 1-49 as agent for an organization which holds a state of New York Exempt Organization Certificate. Purchases, of lots 1-49, collected in New York will not be subject to sales tax.
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