Les Paul Auction Raises $5 Million

Les Paul, the guitarist whose name graces the iconic Gibson guitar, died almost three years ago.  This past week, his estate held an auction of some of his personal effects–including some guitars.  Check it out:

1982 Gibson Les Paul:  $180,000 (A prototype recording model that was never marketed)

1952 Fender Nocaster:  $216,000 (I’ve never ever heard of a “Nocaster!”)

1940s-era Epiphone Zephyr: $144,000 (Affectionately called “Klunker #3.”)

Total take on the auction was nearly $5 million, proceeds of which will go to music education, engineering and medical research.

Full story here.

Alan Cross

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2 thoughts on “Les Paul Auction Raises $5 Million

  • June 11, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    A Fender "Nocaster" existed before the Telecaster was named the Telecaster. It was originally called the Fender Broadcaster, however Gretsch guitars already had the "Broadkaster" and there was a wee bit of a legal battle. Leo Fender, being rather frugal, simply cut off the "Broadcaster" piece and continued using the labels until they ran out.

    Thus the Fender "Nocaster"


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