A new charity auction featuring rare guitars will take place in New York next month.

Christie’s and C.F. Martin Co. are thrilled to announce the Fine Musical Instruments sale on October 10, featuring a remarkable collection of Martin guitars. In honor of the legendary guitar makers’ 175th anniversary, the sale will include 49 guitars – the majority of them are limited edition prototype guitars culled from the vault of Martin Guitar and have never been offered to the public.

Embraced by artists all over the world, these guitars have helped define every music genre, from country and blues to rock and roll. The sale will pay tribute to this great musical tradition with all proceeds from the 49 lots benefiting The Martin Guitar Charitable Foundation, an initiative established in 1996 to encourage and support charitable organizations that have a positive impact on the acoustic music community and also provide programs and services that benefit the greater Lehigh Valley in eastern Pennsylvania.

“The artistry and craftsmanship of the Martin brand are without equal,” said Kerry Keane, Head of Musical Instruments at Christie’s. “Christie’s is excited to offer a remarkable collection and to support the ongoing work of the Martin Guitar Charitable Foundation.”

Highlights of the sale will include an exciting assortment of limited edition proto-types, unique experimental editions, inactive models and signature series. Featured guitars include the D-50 Deluxe (estimate: $24,000-35,000), a D-28 Authentic (estimate: $15,000-25,000), a 00-45ST Stauffer commemorating the 200th birthday of C.F. Martin Sr. (estimate: $4,000-6,000) and a D-50 Koa (estimate: $20,000-30,000). Additional artist signature models Christie’s will be offering include those from Hank Williams (estimate: $10,000-15,000), Eric Clapton (estimate: $1,500-2,500), Sting (estimate: $1,500-2,500), Graham Nash (estimate: $1,600-2,800), Sir George Martin (estimate: $2,400-3,500), and Woody Guthrie (estimate: $1,200-2,000).

More information on the auction can be found at the Christies website.

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