A Martin 000-ECHF Belleza Bianca acoustic guitar, Serial No. 1000305
Lot 15
A 2004 Martin 000-ECHF Bellezza Bianca, Serial No. 1000305,
Sold for US$ 42,700 inc. premium

Lot Details
A 2004 Martin 000-ECHF Bellezza Bianca,  Serial No. 1000305, A Martin 000-ECHF Belleza Bianca acoustic guitar, Serial No. 1000305 A Martin 000-ECHF Belleza Bianca acoustic guitar, Serial No. 1000305
A 2004 Martin 000-ECHF Bellezza Bianca,
Serial No. 1000305,
with printed maker's label to interior CF Martin & Co. Bellezza Bianca, signed by C.F. Martin IV, Eric Clapton, Hiroshi Fujiwara and Dick Boak, inscribed Prototype 3 of 4, in white finish, maple body, spruce top, mahogany neck, bound twenty fret ebony fingerboard with mother-of-pearl snowflake inlays and mother-of-pearl Bellezza Bianca inlay, ebony headstock facing with mother-of-pearl flower alternative torch motif inlay, custom design rosette, herringbone top trim, ebony pin bridge, mother-of-pearl inlaid black endpins, silver-plated tuners and black pickguard; and a black hardshell contour case with bottle green plush lining and handwritten label with various inscriptions including MARTIN PROTO 'BIANCA' 1000305....3 OF 4

Footnotes

  • This guitar was the third of four prototypes built for Eric Clapton

    000-ECHF, designed in collaboration by Eric Clapton and the Japanese fashion designer and music producer, Hiroshi Fujiwara, was introduced as a limited edition guitar in 2006.

    Clapton appeared on NBC Television's The Today Show on 18 November 2005 and performed Back Home with this guitar or one of the other three Bellezza Bianca prototypes.

    Photo: Clapton playing the song Love In Vain on another prototype Martin Bellezza Bianca (without pickguard) at Hotel Casa Del Mar in Santa Monica on 14 August 2004. The location was chosen to evoke Robert Johnson's first recordings made in a makeshift studio at a hotel room in San Antonio in 1936. These sessions were released on the video Sessions for Robert J in 2004. The designs of the CD/DVD discs emulated the rosette of the two Bellezza guitars in black and white. Video footage and the album cover courtesy of Reprise Records: Screen capture by Saiichi Sugiyama
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