Duane Allman Guitar Scores $591K At Auction
The late Duane Allman’s 1961/1962 Gibson SG was one of 19 instruments owned by Graham Nash that was sold by Heritage Auctions during a two-day auction earlier this month. The Allman Brothers Band co-founder’s Gibson SG scored a winning bid of $591K as per Guitar World, which notes the axe is now one of the 20 most valuable guitars ever sold.
“This is the famous From ‘One Brother to Another’ guitar, traded between Dickey Betts and Duane on all their live shows,” Nash explained as part of a listing for the Gibson. “This is a very special guitar. Duane was obviously one of the great guitar players in the world. To be able hold his guitar and humbly play A minor, that’s about the best I can do.”
Duane used the guitar on the version of “Statesboro Blues” that opens The Allman Brothers Band’s iconic 1971 live album, At Fillmore East. “I know it was his favorite guitar and he played hundreds of shows with the Allman Brothers with that guitar,” Nash added. Heritage Auction says the axe was given to Duane’s student Gerry Groom after Allman’s tragic death. Groom wound up selling the guitar to a music store and the store’s operator, Fred Walecki contacted Nash who started his collection of other musician’s instruments with the SG.