1959 Les Paul Sunburst headlines vintage guitar sale



2015-06-26 11:11:48

1959 Les Paul Sunburst headlines vintage guitar sale

A legendary 1959 left-handed Gibson Les Paul Sunburst guitar, one of only two known to exist, is headlining a sale of Vintage Guitars & Musical Instruments at Heritage Auctions on October 27th.

Gibson Les Paul Sunbursts from the first three years of their manufacture, 1958-1960, are exceptionally famous and sought-after. 1,600 were created during this time, yet only four were left-handed – two in 1959 and two in 1960. This makes this example a true rarity. It is expected to fetch upwards of $125,000.

Of the two 1960 left-handed examples, one is owned by Sir Paul McCartney, and the other is also to be offered at this auction, valued at over $60,000.

These Sunbursts pave the way for several exciting rarities to be offered in this auction. A classic 1954 Fender Stratocaster Sunburst, and a 1954 Fender Telecaster Blonde, represent another strand of the world’s most iconic and famous electric guitars. They are estimated to sell for $40,000+ and $30,000+ respectively.

The star of the acoustic selection is a 1938 Martin 000-28 Natural, Brazilian rosewood back and sides, valued at $25,000 upwards. A beautiful custom 1952 Gibson SJ-200 follows this with a $20,000 estimate, with quality inlay and design across the body, owned and played by country musician Ray Price.

A selection of beautiful vintage hollow-body electrics and Archtop acoustics are included, plus a 1969 Gibson Cherry Sunburst Banjo valued at $2,500.

Heading up the vintage guitar amplifiers section is a 1977 Overdrive Special Dumble brown suede amp, valued at $40,000. A delightfully retro 1969 Marshall Super Lead 100 Red Guitar Amplifier head is expected to fetch $2,500.

A few unique modern items related to music legends. A 2006 Gibson Jimi Hendrix Flying V Psychedelic guitar is valued at $6,000, and for just $2,500 for a 1980 Kramer Gene Simmons Axe, a great piece of Kiss memorabilia signed by The Demon himself, could be yours.


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