Duane Allman’s Guitar Sells for $1 Million

The 1957 Gibson Les Paul Goldtop guitar sold at auction for a whopping $1 million. 

The late musician, Duane Allman’s guitar is the one he played within the hit song “Layla” where he performed with Eric Clapton. The gold-topped piece was also featured on Allman Brothers’ 1969 self-titled debut LP and 1970’s Idlewild South.

The guitar was purchased by now-former owner back in 1977, a few years after Allman’s death in 1971. It was in rough condition, but the buyer repaired and restored it over time. 

The ’57 Goldtop has been on display at the Allman Brothers’ Big House Museum in Macon, Georgia. According to Rolling Stone, the anonymous buyer has pledged to keep it in the Big House collection for a few months a year. “It will be coming back to the Big House in late November,” Big House museum director Richard Brent said. “We couldn’t ask for more than that.”