Director Jean-Luc Goddard's handwritten script for his 1963 film "Contempt," which starred Brigitte Bardot, sold this week at Paris-based Artcuriel for $186,800, well over its $77,500-$103,000 estimate.
'Holy Grail of Guitars' Among Those Up for Auction
The "holy grail of guitars" is among the hundreds of rare and vintage acoustic guitars going on the auction block in New York next month.
California collector Hank Risan is offering some of his musical instruments for auction by Guernsey's on April 2 and April 3. The 265 pieces from his collection are considered among the finest of vintage guitars to come to auction in terms of rarity, original construction and condition, the auction house says.
A wide range of makers are represented, including Gibson, Gretsch, Washburn, Stromberg and D'Angelico.
The earliest instrument in Risan's collection dates to 1840; the newest is a 2000 re-creation of a 1930 Martin masterpiece, an OM-45 Deluxe. Both the re-creation and the original will be in the auction.
"The OM-45 Deluxe is the holy grail of guitars," Guernsey's President Arlan Ettinger said. Only 14 were ever made.
Among other highlights are a 1900 Manuel Ramirez Flamenco and a 1939 D'Angelico New Yorker.
John D'Angelico was a guitar maker with a studio in Greenwich Village during the first half of the 20th century; his guitars have been described by some "as the Stradivarius of guitars," Ettinger said.
Pre-sale estimates of the instruments were still being worked out Friday.
Several previously celebrity-owned guitars also will be auctioned off: a 1941 Gibson SJ-200 played by Stephen Stills of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young; a 1967 Gibson SJN Country Western used by Mick Jagger on his 1987 album "Primitive Cool"; and a 1959 Gibson J-200 that Eric Clapton once owned.