The guitar heard on Brazilian bossa nova recordings is most frequently the DiGiorgio Serie Artistica design. Here, Mimi Fox plays “Triste” on a 1965 DiGiorgio Serie Artistica Autor No. 3, one of 27 instruments offered in the Acoustic Guitar Auction that starts May 13, 2021.

The Autor 3 was the workshop’s top-of-the-line model and was the guitar of option for such bossa nova innovators as Antônio Carlos Jobim, João Gilberto, and Baden Powell.

This instrument was constructed by Reinaldo di Giorgio in 1965. Amongst its distinguishing characteristics are round brass tuners decorated front and back with mother-of-pearl.