Julien’s Auctions and the Les Paul Foundation have partnered for an auction of a collection of equipment and musical artifacts from legendary musician, engineer, and inventor Les Paul. The auction will take place live in Beverly Hills, CA and online on June 8-9, in honor of what would have been Paul’s 97th birthday (June 9, 2012).
Auction highlights include this Gibson Les Paul 1968 prototype, pedal effects, and personal items such as this 1975 passport.Paul not only revolutionized the sound of the electric guitar, but commissioned the first 8-track tape recorder, which would become the core technology behind multitrack recording. The auction collection, which includes studio equipment, memorabilia, personal effects, and instruments that span Paul’s career, was curated in part by respected vintage guitar authorities Dave Belzer and Drew Berlin, collectively known as the Burst Brothers. A free public exhibition will be held before the auction, from May 29-June 8. For more information, visit julienslive.com.