The New York Times > Arts > Art & Design > Antiques
By CLAIRE WILSON
Published: September 24, 2004
“The soundtrack to the 20th century has been the strum and twang and blare of the guitar.
…Now vintage guitars are bringing stratospheric prices at auction, even many times more than the $131,200 paid last week at Sotheby’s for Johnny Cash’s Billy Grammer abalone inlay acoustic model. Whether you are a classical music lover, a devotee of heavy metal or something in between, the nearly $1 million paid at Christie’s in New York in June for Eric Clapton’s Blackie, a 1956-57 composite Fender Stratocaster, challenges the imagination.”