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A guitar that helped launch rock ’n’ roll is going up for sale. The “Number One” belonged to the inventor of the electric guitar, Les Paul. It will be auctioned on Oct. 13 by Christie’s in New York.
The guitar is the earliest approved production model of the Gibson Les Paul electric guitar. It is being sold by Paul’s son Gene. It is estimated to be worth between $100,000 and $150,000 (¥11.1 million and ¥16.7 million), Christie’s said.
“I’d have to say, what’s the Wright brother’s first plane worth? What’s Thomas Edison’s first light bulb worth? The Paul guitar, the Les Paul Number One, was his crowning achievement,” Gene Paul said on Sept. 30.
Les Paul joined with Gibson Guitar Corporation to invent the solid-body electric guitar in the early 1950s. It became one of the most iconic electric guitars, played by rock stars like Jimmy Page and Pete Townshend. (Reuters)
This article was provided by The Japan Times Alpha.