“Country music is many things to many people, but at its center, at its core, at its heart, I believe it is about community.”
—Keith Urban, ACM Awards show, 16 September 2020
The country music community has come together to help their own in this one-of-a-kind auction to benefit ACM Lifting Lives COVID-19 Response Fund. This twenty lot sale comprises an all-star line-up including artwork, instruments, costume, memorabilia, photographs and more from the leading-lights of Nashville, Tennessee.
In addition to the Swarovski-crystal bedazzled four-string dulcimer owned by Dolly Parton for 30 years, the sale features a black J-180 Gibson acoustic guitar personally inscribed and dated by Taylor Swift. The lot includes the original hard-shell case, embroidered Levy guitar strap and plectrum caddy containing five personalized Taylor Swift guitar picks. Played during Taylor Swift’s live debut of her folklore single betty at the 2020 ACM Awards show at Nashville’s legendary Grand Ole Opry House, her appearance marked a return to the ACM stage after seven years.
Other auction highlights include Sheryl Crow’s vintage Baldoni accordion which has an extensive and important studio and live performance history. Made circa 1950 in Castelfidardo, Italy, the accordion has a rhinestone-studded logo, has been owned by the artist since the nineties and used in the 1996 recording of her second album Sheryl Crow. The accordion was played in numerous memorable performances including her 1997 Lilith Fair live performance of Strong Enough; the 1997 VH1 Honors show performing Back in the High Life with Steve Winwood; the 1998 Global Sessions tour; as well as appearances with Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, Levon Helm, Marty Stuart and others.
The pre-sale exhibition for this auction is by appointment only and on view October 24 – October 29, 10am – 5pm at our New York gallery. Please contact the Project Coordinator to schedule an appointment.