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'Holy grail of guitars' among those in NY auction

March 7, 2014
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — An auction house says the "holy grail of guitars" is among the hundreds of rare and vintage acoustic guitars going on the auction block in New York City next month.

California collector Hank Risan is offering some of his musical instruments for auction by Guernsey's on April 2 and April 3.

Guernsey's says the 265 pieces from the collection are considered among the finest of vintage guitars to come to auction in terms of rarity, original construction and condition. A wide range of makers are represented, including Gibson, Gretsch, Washburn, Stromberg and D'Angelico.

Guernsey's President Arlan Ettinger says a 1930 Martin masterpiece, the OM-45 Deluxe, is "the holy grail of guitars" and will be in the auction.

Pre-sale estimates of the instruments were still being worked out Friday.



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