Unique Carved Ruby and Obsidian Dragster--The Greer Black Dragster"
Lot 1060W
Unique Carved Ruby and Obsidian Dragster--The Greer Black Dragster"
Sold for US$ 146,500 inc. premium
Lot Details
Unique Carved Ruby and Obsidian Dragster--The Greer Black Dragster"
By Luis Alberto Quispe Aparicio
This unique vehicle is modeled after the famed Greer-Black-Prudhomme Dragster, which was raced by Don "The Snake" Prudhomme, built by Kent Fuller and tuned by Keith Black. This stunning scale model has been carved out of a Tanzanian ruby and detailed with black obsidian. The windscreen is polished and frosted rock crystal quartz while the movable fittings are composed of 18K gold vermeil.

The full-scale dragster is considered to be one of the most beautiful ever built and it was also one of the most successful. Formerly on display at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, it was first raced in June 1962 at the Pomona Drag Strip in Southern California. Many credit this vehicle with launching the career of Prudhomme, who is one of the most winning drivers in the history of quarter-mile drag racing. He won more than 90 percent of the races that he entered between 1962 and 1964. According to many, this car played a key role in that success – it led drag racing during a time when consistent quarter mile times topped out at less than 8 seconds at more than 190 miles per hour.

The studio of Luis Alberto Quispe Aparicio specializes in carving ruby, a mineral that few artists have managed to successfully work due to its extreme hardness. Its use requires a very advanced technique for both carving and polishing involving two or three times as many tools and time as other carving materials. This model is indeed spectacular for the rich red hues of the ruby which so beautifully evoke the red paint job of the original Greer-Black-Prudhomme dragster. Length approximately 60cm

Footnotes

  • Luis Alberto Quispe Aparicio, follows a second-generation family tradition, begun by his father in 1968, in the creation of objets d'art.

    An engineer by profession, he grew up surrounded by artwork, sculptures, gemstones and minerals from around the world. Artists, master carvers and jewelers continuously visited and worked at their family studio in Lima, Peru during his formative years. Having recently spent a year in Paris specializing in the study of luxury goods, he now travels the world to bring a revolution of designs to their studio. Inspired by life experiences and nature following various visits to Africa, he has produced a "Wildlife Collection". Equally new to his body of work are Racing Car models hand-made to scale in gemstones and gold. All of his works merge sculpting techniques with those of jewelry fabrication, and it is their unusual design work that separates them from traditional carving from Europe.

    Today, although his family travels around the world searching for the rarest gemstones to incorporate into their work, their studio specializes in carving ruby. The second hardest mineral after diamond, few artists have managed to successfully work with ruby since it requires a very advanced technique for both carving and polishing involving two or three times as many tools and time as other materials. His works are displayed in museums in the United States and Europe and enjoyed by private collectors around the world.

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