The Les Paul Estate is up for auction
Browse through the Les Paul Estate auction catalog and see the historic collection of guitars, recording equipment, and personal memorabilia owned by Les Paul. Sorry, you cannot bid on these items, the auction finished yesterday. News of the auction results are just coming in now. The auction brought in a total of $5 Million, with the proceeds going to the Les Paul Foundation
in support of music education and medical research.
In 2009, PBS produced a biography of Les Paul
for their American Masters series. Les takes you on a tour of his home and workshop so you can see many of the items in this auction, in the environment he used them.
There are some truly unique, legendary guitars in this catalog. Some highlights:
A matched pair of 1960s prototypes for the Les Paul Recording guitar and bass
1969 Les Paul Recording serial number 001
, with a Paulverizer
Something you can afford, a Sears Silvertone
acoustic guitar, forty bucks.
Dan Armstrong electric sitar
1952 Les Paul Standard Gold Top
Late 1950s Les Paul Custom
built to his specifications
1968 Gibson MM12 Melody Maker
12 string electric
1927 Gibson L5
1961 Les Paul Custom
, SG body shape
1951 Gibson L5
~1940 Epiphone Zephyr
1951 Fender "Nocaster"
signed by Leo Fender
There is an almost endless supply of recording gear, amplifiers, machine tools, tubes, electronic test instrumentation, miscellaneous instruments like a Steinway Grand Piano, banjos, ukeleles, a clarinet, an accordion, blueprints and schematics of his guitar designs. There's a Stradivarius violin, no not a real one, the modern "brand name" Strad, it's only worth a hundred bucks. You can even buy his furniture, I want his coffee table
. What I really want is his set of oscilloscopes and Hewlett-Packard military grade test equipment
. The majority of the guitars in this catalog are undistinguished 1990s through 2000s Les Paul models, they were obviously given to him by Gibson for evaluation. Some are ridiculously ostentatious presentation guitars. Others are cheap Les Paul models with scribbled signatures by guitarists like Slash.
One item I recall Les displaying in the documentary was an acoustic guitar owned by Django Reinhardt, but I could not find it in this auction catalog. I wonder where it went.
The items most coveted by rock musicians, museum curators, and collectors included a 1951 Fender No-Caster, which sold for $216,000, a 1982 Gibson Les Paul that went for $180,000 and a 1940s Epiphone Zephyr that fetched $144,000.
(yes this is my very first FPP)