Lifetime collection of rare and vintage musical instruments will be sold Feb. 25th by Bruneau & Co. The lifetime musical instrument collection of Lawrence David Clark, Jr., Esq. – an assemblage with names like Gibson, Martin, Hofner, Henri Selmer, C.G. Conn, Sho-Bud and more -- will be held Feb. 25.
News-Antique.com - Feb 08,2017 - CRANSTON, R.I. – The lifetime musical instrument collection of Lawrence David Clark, Jr., Esq. – an assemblage brimming with names like Gibson, Martin, Hofner, Henri Selmer, C.G. Conn, Sho-Bud and more – will be sold at auction on Saturday, February 25th, by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers, online and in the firm’s gallery at 63 Fourth Avenue in Cranston, at 12 noon EST.
“This sale exceeds my expectations with its amazing assortment of vintage guitars, mandolins and ukuleles, capped off by an array of horns, keyboards and sound equipment, guaranteeing something for nearly everyone,” said Kevin Bruneau, Bruneau & Co.’s president and auctioneer.
Travis Landry, Bruneau’s specialist and auctioneer, added, “With a fine collection predominantly made up of vintage Gibson, Martin and other string instruments, plus a wide selection of brass and woodwinds, bidders are sure to find some hidden gems.” In all, around 275 lots will be sold.
The name Gibson will be chanted frequently throughout the day. Lots to watch include a 1957 Gibson LG-2 acoustic guitar with a sunburst finish over its spruce top and mahogany back and sides, in very good condition (est. $2,000-$3,000); and a circa 1943 Gibson L-7 archtop acoustic guitar with a sunburst finish over a spruce top and a quilted mahogany back (est. $1,500-$2,500).
Other Gibsons will also include a circa 1921 Model L-1 archtop acoustic guitar in near mint condition, with a bound spruce top decorated with a red burst finish with a dark red finish on the sides, back and neck (est. $1,000-$2,000); and a 1920s-era Gibson A-3 A-style mandolin having a white face and held in a hard shell case, in overall very good condition (est. $500-$800).
Saxophones will feature a 1958 French-made Henri Selmer Mark VI tenor sax, decorated with a beautifully etched floral design to the shell and recently replaced pads (est. $1,500-$2,500); and a 1941 American-made C.G. Conn M26 “Naked Lady” alto sax, having a natural brass finish with mother of pearl buttons (all working properly), in very good condition (est. $500-$800).
A 1948 Martin 00-17 acoustic guitar, made of mahogany with rosewood fretboard inlaid with white position markers, held in a Martin hard shell case but in need of some repair, should still finish at $1,000-$1,500; and a 1978 U.S.-made Sho-Bud “Maverick” pedal steel guitar, birds eye maple with a synthetic wood veneer, in overall great condition, is estimated to bring $600-$900.
A German 1985 Hofner bass viola having a hollow viola-style body with spruce and flame maple sides and backed in a sunburst finish, not working but in good overall condition, is expected to make $500-$800. Also, a 1978 Vincent Bach Stradivarius model 43 trumpet, brass, with a single silver first trigger and valves topped with mother of pearl buttons, should breeze to $800-$1,200.
Lawrence Clark was a prominent Manhattan attorney and multi-instrumentalist. He enjoyed a lifelong passion for the creation of music and the craftsmanship of musical instruments. His collection includes the acquisitions of a discerning collector and the cherished discoveries of an accomplished