Please note lots marked with a square will be moved to Christie’s Fine Art Storage Services (CFASS in Red Hook, Brooklyn) on the last day of the sale. Lots are not available for collection at Christie’s Fine Art Storage Services until after the third business day following the sale. All lots will be stored free of charge for 30 days from the auction date at Christie’s Rockefeller Center or Christie’s Fine Art Storage Services (CFASS in Red Hook, Brooklyn). Operation hours for collection from either location are from 9.30 am to 5.00 pm, Monday-Friday. After 30 days from the auction date property may be moved at Christie’s discretion. Please contact Post-Sale Services to confirm the location of your property prior to collection. Lots may not be collected during the day of their move to Christie’s Fine Art Storage Services (CFASS in Red Hook, Brooklyn). Please consult the Lot Collection Notice for collection information.
Lots made of or including (regardless of the
percentage) endangered and other protected
species of wildlife are marked with the symbol ~
in the catalogue. This material includes, among
other things, ivory, tortoiseshell, crocodile skin,
rhinoceros horn, whalebone certain species of
coral, and Brazilian rosewood. You should check
the relevant customs laws and regulations before
bidding on any lot containing wildlife material if
you plan to import the lot into another country.
Several countries refuse to allow you to import
property containing these materials, and some
other countries require a licence from the relevant
regulatory agencies in the countries of exportation
as well as importation. In some cases, the lot can
only be shipped with an independent scientific
confirmation of species and/or age, and you will
need to obtain these at your own cost.
THE LES PAUL SPECIAL
The Les Paul Special was introduced by Gibson in 1955 in an effort to fill a price point void in their catalogue. The original standard Les Paul Model, which the brand was built on, sold for $235 at the time. The more luxurious Les Paul Custom was priced at $360, while the single pickup budget priced Les Paul Junior sold at $110. Realizing that guitars at the lower end of the value range sold at higher volumes, while trying to compete with the less expensive Fender Telecaster, a two pickup version of the Les Paul Junior was introduced. The Special will always be associated with the “limed mahogany” finish unique to Gibson. Though referred to later as “TV Yellow,” the finish was a translucent blonde color, not too unlike a Fender finish, though of better quality. Like all Les Pauls, it had a solid-body with a single cutaway, until late 1959 when the body style changed to a double cutaway.