Duane Allman 1957 Goldtop Les Paul Scores $1.25 Million At Auction


Duane Allman’s iconic 1957 goldtop Les Paul sold at auction for $1.25 Million as per Guitar.com. The huge haul came in the same month a 1961/1962 Gibson SG used by Duane scored $591K.

The Les Paul, which had been on display in Macon, Georgia at the Allman Brothers Band Museum at the Big House in recent years was acquired by Duane in 1968 as per Auctioneers Gotta Have Rock & Roll. The late guitarist used the axe during the sessions that yielded The Allman Brothers Band’s first two studio albums and was also the instrument Duane utilized to record “Layla” with Eric Clapton in 1970 for Derek & The Dominos’ Layla & Other Assorted Love Songs.

Duane’s 1957 goldtop Les Paul has been shared with a number of musicians over the last few years for live performances including Derek Trucks, Nels Cline, Warren Haynes and Vince Gill. Gotta Have Rock & Roll put the guitar up for an auction that ended on July 27 with a winning bid of $1.25 million. The price puts Goldtop in the top five most expensive guitars ever sold according to Stringjoy’s list, which was last updated in December.

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