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 Fred Gretsch Manufacturing Company was founded in Brooklyn, New York in 1883, by 27-year-old German immigrant Friedrich Gretsch. Originally launched as a musical instrument shop for the manufacture of percussion instruments, by 1910 the company was making ukuleles and banjos, and in 1933 debuted a line of archtop guitars. By the 1950s Gretsch had shifted their concentration to electric guitars, where they would make a lasting impression in the market.
With a crowded field of manufacturers producing electric guitars, Gretsch set itself apart by first concentrating on hollowbody and semi-hollowbody electric guitars. They embraced color schemes and eye-catching ornamentation not found on Gibsons, Fenders or Rickenbackers. The endorsement of guitarist Chet Atkins and the subsequent release of Chet Atkins models drew a loyal following, as did artists who performed on Gretsch hollowbodies, such as Stephen Stills and Neil Young. The model 6120 and similar Gretsch hollowbodies became a mainstay for guitarists of the early British Invasion. George Harrison, John Lennon, Eric Clapton, Gerry Marsden, Brian Jones and Pete Townshend are all seen performing on Gretsch electrics.