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Christie’s Auction House at 20 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, announced the Country Music sale, the first sale dedicated to the creation, history and evolution of Country Music.

Leading the sale is a collection directly from the Estate of Hank Thompson, which consists of unique Nudie suits, instruments, photos, and other ephemera. Other notable highlights include a Bill Monroe mandolin faceplate, instruments and clothing from June and Johnny Cash and Roy Rogers and Dale Evans.

Kerry Keane, musical instrument specialist and director of this 150-lot sale, travels to Nashville frequently and sees many instruments with lots of provenance. He shared, “We were able to gather many exciting items. A highlight is a 1947 Martin D-18 owned by Hank Williams, which he used while in Shreveport, Louisiana, performing with Louisiana Hayride. This was prior to moving to Nashville and switching his guitar to a D-28, his next iconic instrument.” Keane summed up this catalog as “very broad and very deep.” For more information, visit Christies.com or contact (212) 636-2680.

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