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 development of the Ovation guitar was the brainchild of the rotary blade aircraft and aerospace designer Charles Kaman. As an amateur guitarist, he began investigating which modern synthetic materials could be used in guitar construction. In 1964 he instructed a team of engineers at Kaman Aircraft to see what new designs could be achieved. The first prototypes using synthetics proved disappointing when constructing guitars in the traditional manner with flat backs and bent sides. Understanding the inherent strengths of the parabolic arch in physics, the Kaman designers began experimenting with this shape while working with composite materials. By utilizing a bowl shaped back for the sound-box of the instrument but retaining the traditional flat top of Sitka spruce for the soundboard, they hit upon a combination that produced an instrument that was louder, lighter in weight and stronger than traditional wood guitars. Their increased volume, tonal quality and the fact that they were less prone to feedback when amplified made them popular among performing musicians. The incredible strength of these guitars, due to the materials and construction techniques, predestined them to become the instrument of choice for a hard-touring musician. Gone were the days when a guitar would be unpacked only to find a cracked back or neck due to the trials of travel. In 1968 the round backed Ovation Balladeer gained national attention when the American pop star Glen Campbell performed with one each week on his televised music variety show on CBS. The list of artists who perform on Ovation guitars is extensive and has spanned across multiple genres for the last fifty years.