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.
Bob Taylor began his career as a luthier in 1972 at the age of 18 while working in the San Diego guitar making shop of Sam Redding. Within two years Taylor had purchased the business from Redding with two other employees and launched Westland Music which would quickly become Taylor Guitars. By 1976, Taylor Guitars were selling their instruments through retail stores and building a name for themselves for quality instruments that were tonally superior to most other guitars on the market at that time.
While pursuing his passion for acoustic guitar making, Bob Taylor would become an innovator in American guitar design and manufacturing. Early on, Taylor was one of the first makers to employ a bolted-on neck rather than the traditional dovetail and glued neck joint. This allowed easier removal of the neck when repairs or adjustments were necessary. By 1999 Taylor had introduced a patented bolt on neck system called the NT neck. This new system allowed for more consistent results in the neck angle set during manufacture and an easier removal than other systems. Taylor guitars use their own amplification system called the Expression System that utilizes both a humbucking pickup and soundboard transducers.
Today Taylor boasts a global presence in the manufacture and sale of high-end acoustic guitars and has been self-driven to develop sustainable sourcing practices for the exotic tone woods required in fine guitar construction. Taylor Guitars are both extremely popular in the retail market and well regarded by celebrity musicians.