Les Paul estate coming to auction in Beverly Hills
Property from the estate of guitar pioneer Les Paul is to be auctioned in Beverly Hills in June
Property from the estate of legendary guitarist Les Paul is to be brought to auction in Beverly Hills on June 8.
Lester William Polsfuss, or Les Paul, was a renowned musician and inventor who created one of the first solid-body electric guitars. Known as the Gibson Les Paul, the iconic model has been played by almost every major musician since its release in 1952.Les Paul died in 2009, leaving behind a vastlegacy of musical history that will be sold in the upcoming auction. Among the dozens of guitars in the sale, the stand-out lot will be a late 1950s Gibson that was made especially for Paul with a flat top, which he preferred. The guitar, which was one of his prized possessions, has also been signed by Paul on the back of the headstock, pushing the estimate to $60,000-80,000. Also of note among the guitar sales will be a striking Gibson Special Supreme, which was presented to Paul during the 90th birthday tribute concert held at Carnegie Hall in New York. The fantastic item, which features a unique headstock logo and inlays on the fretboard, will sell for approximately $12,000-15,000. Perhaps the most exciting lot in the auction, and definately the largest,is Paul's original recording console. The late 1960s console features original handwritten tape markings and would have been where Paul recorded some of his most recognisable tunes. It is expected to achieve $40,000-60,000.Along with the vast array of sound equipment which will occupy the majority of the sale, there will also be several items of musical memorabilia gifted to the legend by awestruck rock stars.A camera that was given to Paul by Carlos Santana, combined with photographs of the pair backstage, is expected to make $500-700, while former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash's trademark top hat will bring $6,000-8,000.PFC Auctions has a brilliant range of rock and roll memorabilia in its current auction, including a Fender Duo-Sonic guitar owned by John Lennon.