FENDER STRATOCASTER GUITAR SELLS FOR $22,000 IN CORDIER ANTIQUES & AUCTIONS’ FALL AUCTION Cordier Antiques & Auctions recently sold a rare Fender Stratocaster electric guitar during their Two Day Fall Antique & Fine Art Auction held November 7 and 8. Consigned by a local musician, the gui
News-Antique.com - Feb 02,2010 - Cordier Antiques & Auctions recently sold a rare Fender Stratocaster electric guitar during their Two Day Fall Antique & Fine Art Auction held November 7 and 8. Consigned by a local musician, the guitar fetched $22,000 to a collector on the phone in Ohio during Saturday’s session of the sale. Other highlights included an exceptional 36” Sevres palace vase from the Estate of Harold M. Garonzik (a lifelong collector from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) for $14,000 and a Russian Bolin enameled silver cigarette case at $13,000. The 744 lot sale was held over two days in Camp Hill, across the Susquehanna River from Harrisburg.
The multi-consignor sale featured items from over one hundred consignors including estates and collectors. Over 300 people were in attendance during the two days in addition to phone and absentee bidders. More than 375 bidders were pre-registered to bid via the Internet through ArtFact which also provided an online catalog of the auction. Prices quoted do not include the buyer’s premium (10% to 15%).
Saturday’s session led off with a large and varied offering of books, documents and ephemera featuring a collection of slave and Civil War documents including several archives of soldier letters. A collection of soldier letters on Patriotic stationary realized $700 while a grouping of Civil War naval paymaster records hammered down at $400. A single owner collection of Victorian Valentines offered collectors dozens of lots of handmade pieces in fine condition. The top lot was a grouping of nine very large examples that sold to a dealer in the room for $1,050. An important offering among books was a copy of The Martyr’s Mirror printed by the Ephrata Cloister in 1766. This rare and important book is physically the largest volume printed in Colonial America and this copy featured what may be a unique printed paper liner. Estimated at $2,000 to $4,000, it unfortunately failed to find a buyer. Among ephemera was a rare copy of the German language Stages of Man broadside printed by G.S. Peters in Harrisburg during the 1830’s. Among the most important broadsides printed in Pennsylvania for the German market, it sold to the room to an out of state bidder for $1,500. An out of state bidder was also the winner of a set of The Beatles autographs for $1,700 while a local collector was successful on a Joshua Chamberlin signed Civil War record at $2,250.
The top lot of the two day sale came early in Saturday’s session as the single owner Fender Stratocaster guitar crossed the block. Consigned by 84 year old Carlisle native and musician John Hippensteel, the guitar had garnered intense interest in the weeks leading up to the auction. With interest in the room and on the phones, the guitar saw strong bidding before being hammered down at $22,000 to a collector on the phone in Ohio. The consignor was the former lead singer of The Blue Ridge Boys, a popular Central Pennsylvania based hillbilly and Western swing band of the 1950’s. The band