Fender Fetches Fortune at Christie’s Auction

A trio of vintage Strats fetched stratospheric prices at a Christie’s auction in New York on Oct. 13, 2006, including one that once belonged to early Fender legend Bill Carson. Of the 262 lots on the block that day at the prestigious New York auction house’s Rockefeller Plaza site, the very first was Carson’s personal Stratocaster, which sold for a whopping $66,000. The guitar, a 1959 model with a Fiesta Red finish, matching painted headstock, synchronized tremolo and thick-slab rosewood fingerboard, was custom made for (and partially built by) Carson for his own personal use. The neck plate bears the stamped number 45813.

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