(UK) – A guitar once owner by legendary Blues
musician Bukka White has fetched £93,000 [$123,623.32 USD] at auction.
The 1933 National Duolian resonator guitar,
known as “Hard Rock”, was used by him for over 30 years.
Booker T Washington “Bukka” White
is considered to be a pioneer of Delta Blues slide guitar.
The instrument was given to a UK-based photographer in 1976, and has been played by musicians including Mark Knopfler, Bill Wyman and Dave Stewart.
It sold for a fee of £93,000 [$123,623.32
USD], including buyer’s fees, at Gardiner Houlgate auctioneers in Corsham,
Auctioneer Luke Hobbs said Bukka White was a
founding father of the Delta Blues and an influential, definitive player of the
“He and Son House really created this
genre of music, the Blues slide playing,” he said.
He added that the guitar’s seller, Keith
Perry, felt that the time was right to “move it on” and “let it
see the next part of its journey”.
“Bukka White used it as his main gigging
and touring guitar for three decades. An influential African-American guitarist
from Mississippi, USA, he was considered a pioneer of Delta Blues slide guitar.
His guitar, nicknamed Hard Rock, was described as a “holy relic” by
his cousin, blues legend BB King. White died in 1977 at the age of 70.
“The vendor was given it by Bukka White
in 1976… and he has allowed people like Mark Knopfler, Lonnie Donegan and
Eric Bibb to play it.
Speaking ahead of the sale he said the seller
wanted it “to have as many decades again in someone else’s hands, or even
go into a museum to hold it, and to display it and hold events to let people to
play it for ever more”.
A similar National guitar adorned the cover
of Mark Knopfler’s group Dire Straits’ multi-million selling 1985 album Brothers In Arms.