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.
What began as a small family luthier business in 1959 located in central Japan would grow by 1962 into the Takamine Company. Takamine concentrated on the manufacturing of acoustic guitars with a dedication to quality workmanship and materials. They would base many of their guitars’ designs on those of C.F. Martin and Company. The company’s embrace of the successful Martin design extended even to their headstock logo, which uncannily resembled that of Martin, and by the 1970s they had a well-established following in the United States. It is no small wonder that C.F. Martin balked. By the early 1980s, Takamine instituted a new logo design at the insistence of the Martin company, but by that point they had established a permanent foot print in the US market.
Takamine excelled in the amplification of acoustic guitars and were the first to incorporate transducers mounted under the saddle of the bridge. Continuing to improve acoustic guitar amplification, Takamine would develop the onboard pre-amp and equalizer, making these guitars the preeminent choice for performing musicians in live stage work. During the 1980s and 90s, Takamine amplified acoustic guitars became the tools of choice for many touring guitarists and remain so today. Regardless of their concentration in amplification, Takamine remained loyal to producing guitars with quality workmanship and excellent acoustical properties.