LOT 21 CHRISTIE’S 2004
EST: $2,000 - $3,000
Serial No: 2/2063
Body: Rosewood back and sides, spruce top, sycamore binding, natural finish
Neck: Mahogany, 18 frets, ebony fingerboard
Bridge: Ebony, silver-plated copper trapeze tailpiece with silver-plated medallions engraved ‘Awarded to Zogbaum & Fairchild. For the best guitarists. Tilton’s Patent 1865. American Institute. New York. Lovett.’
Case: Period wood ‘coffin’ case labelled ‘HART & SON/28 WARDOUR STREET/LONDON. W.,’ with adhesive tape inscribed ‘‘LIGVODER’/Auction #50/Tilton’
ERIC: "This was a birthday or Christmas present from my first wife. For a long time I couldn’t figure out what the hell it was and then it turned into a legend in its own right for other reasons – it became a story. I created a legend around it, which is completely fictitious. People would always ask if it ever appeared anywhere and if I had it in the studio with the case open people would just walk into it like a baited trap."