The Les Paul
Estate Auction held last weekend in Beverly Hills was a treasure trove of guitars, recording equipment, and Les Paul goodies from the man's 85 years in show business
. You know, just stuff he had around the house.
Yes, some of Les' living room lamps went for over $1,000 and his mixing board from the '70s went for over $100,000. But what the news didn't
tell you is that some lucky winner paid $144,000--one of the highest bids in the entire auction--for Epiphone "Klunker" #3.
"I found Klunker number 3 at Fife and Nichols Music Store (part of Wallach's Music City) on Hollywood Boulevard. I went in one day and there's another trap door Epiphone so I bought Klunker #3 from them,"
recalled Les in his autobiography. "I continued performing with my Klunkers until I signed with Gibson in 1952. Mary and I made most of our hits with them and I continued to record with them even after Gibson launched the Les Paul solid body."
Several recent Epiphone Les Pauls
went in the high $1,000s and beyond. As for the 1952 Les Paul Goldtop
--unnumbered and in perfect shape--that went for "only" $65,000. Let's hope the lucky winners play
those guitars and don't just keep them behind glass. Proceeds from the auction will go to the Les Paul Foundation. How high the moon indeed. Did you buy anything at the auction? Perhaps you have a Les Paul story of your own. Let us hear about it!