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 HÖFNER 500/1
The Höfner 500/1 electric bass guitar is instantly recognizable to all students of popular music and rock and roll. Sometimes called a violin bass because of its hollow-body construction and shape, it more often carries the moniker of a Beatle Bass. Designed by Walter Höfner this German-made bass made its debut at the Frankfurt Music Fair in 1956. In 1961 its unique shape caught the sharp eye of a young Paul McCartney. Being a lefthanded player McCartney immediately realized that the symmetrical viol shaped body would not appear upside down when played left handed as a standard cutaway guitar body would. With the global fame of The Beatles, the Höfner 500/1 and subsequent model variations would become forever linked to those avatars of the British Invasion.