1960 Left-Handed Les Paul sells with 124.1% increase on estimate



2015-06-26 13:02:16

1960 Left-Handed Les Paul sells with 124.1% increase on estimate

A legendary 1960 left-handed Gibson Les Paul guitar headlined Heritage Auctions

Heritage Auctions' Vintage Guitars & Musical Instruments Signature Auction on October 26 was highlighted by the sale of a 1960 left-handed Les Paul guitar.

left-handed 1959 Gibson Les Paul The 1959 was held by John McEnroe on the cover of Guitar Aficionado

Any Gibson Les Paul that was manufactured during the first three years of production (1958-1960) is highly sought after by collectors, with just 1,600 examples ever created. Of these, only four wereleft-handed models, with two completed in both 1959 and1960.

The Beverly Hills auction had one example from both of these years, with each of the guitars featuring the classic sunburst finish. The 1959 specimenis now believed to be unique, with the other example that was produced in the sameyear's whereaboutscurrently unknown. The other extant 1960 model is currently in the possession of Sir Paul McCartney.

According to the auction house, the 1959 guitar is the same onepictured with tennis star John McEnroe on the cover of Guitar Aficionado magazine (Vol. 1/No. 4), during his brief foray into the music industry in the mid-1990s. It was sold in good condition for $194,500, achieving a 55.6% increase on its $125,000 estimate.

The 1960 was estimated to bring $60,000+ to the sale, but its legendary status within the collecting market propelled it to a 124.1% increase on its expected value. It sold for $134,500, despite only being in moderate condition. Both items were consigned by the United States Marshals Service, with the profits to benefit the victims of the Aspen Energy Oil and Gas Investment Scheme.

Paul Fraser Collectibles is currently offering a superb Reversokaster guitar, which has been signed by several members of the Rolling Stones.

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