Von Dutch Personal Flute, with Original Painted Case, 1985. - 46315 Available* at Scottsdale 2007 - Lot #1525.1 Von Dutch Personal Flute, with Original Painted Case, 1985. https://cdn.barrett-jackson.com/staging/carlist/items/Fullsize/Automobilia/46315/46315_Auto_Front_3-4_Web.JPG
Lot #1525.1   Von Dutch Personal Flute, with Original Painted Case, 1985.
Auction Scottsdale 2007
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Lot 1525.1
Von Dutch Personal Flute, with Original Painted Case, 1985. From the earliest days of Von Dutch's childhood it was clear that his interests differed from those of other kids his age. Dutch loved the arts; so much so that he spent endless hours drawing and manufacturing models and small toys in seclusion. Dutch's mother remembers "He didn't like to go into the street and play ball with the other kids. He liked to draw. He was always drawing pictures with the radio going." Dutch's dedication to his crafts ultimately translated into his development as one modern history's most skilled craftsman. A lesser known result was Dutch's discovery of jazz music, which he was fascinated with. The complexity of the sounds and the artistic flamboyance that jazz expressed captivated Dutch. Furthermore, young Dutch was enamored with the instruments responsible for the creation of this music. Compared to string instruments, the form and function of brass and woodwind instruments appealed to the young boy who was already constructing replica guns from wood scraps and metal rods. Impressed by the hardware and its upshot, Dutch put nearly as much emphasis on learning to play instruments as he did refining his art. It is known that he played the saxophone, bugle, trombone, clarinet, and of course, the flute. After trying his hand at each, Dutch decided that the flute best suited his abilities. This is not to say he was unsuccessful with the others, but in true Dutch fashion he applied his efforts in a way that would maximize achievement. He turned the other instruments into lamps, enjoying their presence while becoming an accomplished flutist. A further correlation can be drawn between Dutch's art and musical influences. Dutch explains: "I treat striping brushes like a musical instrument and whatever I stripe becomes a melody." Around 1985 guitarist Jeff Beck, along with Seymour Duncan, Robert Knight, and Jim Mahoney paid a visit to my Santa Paula Warehouse. Beck had brought his '32 Ford Roadster in hopes that Dutch might add some of his legendary striping to the rod. The topic of the conversation quickly shifted to music once Dutch realized who Beck was. Beck recalls, "He asked me if I knew Selmer Flutes. Selmer in London is where I hung out in the early 60's looking at guitars. He asked if I could get him a Selmer Flute. I was pretty sure I could and said 'No problem." In exchange for the striping job Beck got Dutch this Bundy II made by Selmer Music Company. George Bundy was a Selmer employee in charge of U.S. sales who brought flute craftsman, Kurt Gemeinhardt, to the United States from Markneukirchen, Germany. Gemeinhardt was a master builder whose product set new industry standards. Dutch cherished this gift until his death. ? 2006 Barry Feinstein. NO RESERVE
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