The Black Beauty, which is the prototype for all Gibson Les Paul guitars, will appear at Guernsey Auctions’ February 19 antique sale in New York.
Although the auctioneers have not published an estimate, the question is whether it will make more than the record set by Bob Dylan’s sunburst Fender Stratocaster, the guitar he first played at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival, which sold at auction in December 13 for $965,000.
The guitar left the Gibson factory in December 1953 and Les Paul spent two years modifying it.
Paul played it for the next 22 years and the electric sound that it created is credited as being a major influence on the development of Rock and Roll.
The sale will take place at Arader Galleries on Madison Avenue.
A Carlton House desk is a specific antique desk form within the more general bureau à gradin form. This specific form is supposed to have been designed in the 18th century for the Prince of Wales (who later became George IV) by George Hepplewhite. It is named after Carlton House, which was at the time the London residence of the Prince of Wales. This kind of desk is sometimes also known as a Carlton House writing table.
A richly decorated version of a Carlton house desk
The desk is like a normal writing table but the small drawers above the surface form a “U” shape around the user instead of being merely set up in front of him as is usual in a typical bureau a gradin. Unlike other types of bureau a gradin the Carlton House desk usually offers no pigeonholes. There are usually small slopes over the two desktop drawers at the left and right ends of the “U” shape.
Drawings of this type of desk were presented by Hepplewhite in his famous design book the Cabinet Maker and Upholsterers Guide and by Thomas Sheraton in his own famous book of designs, The Cabinet Maker and Upholsterer’s Drawing Book, thus ensuring its popularity
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