Created on Friday, 09 January 2015 01:21
The 1954 electric guitar that served as the prototype for Gibson's iconic Les Paul models is going on the auction block.
The Paul-designed guitar known as "Black Beauty" features gold-plated hardware. Paul played it for more two decades and made frequent modifications as he refined its sound. Guernsey's
is offering it Feb. 19 in New York City. The auctioneer calls it the most significant electric guitar ever made. Its market value will be determined at auction.
The famous jazz, country and blues guitarist played it in concerts, recordings and on the "Les Paul and Mary Ford" television show. Paul, whose hits songs included "How High the Moon," died in 2009. He gave the instrument to his friend, guitar technician and builder Tom Doyle of Wantage, New Jersey.
From: NBC News
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|March 17, 1969 - A four-song performance is filmed for TV Byen in Denmark (aired on May 19, 1969)|
|March 21, 1969 - Zeppelin’s debut TV appearance on "How It Is"|
|March 25, 1969 - Filming session for the Supershow|
|March xx, 1970 - The band turns down many TV offers worth large sums|
|March 05, 1971 - Led Zeppelin started a 12-date "Thank You" tour for British fans, appearing at the clubs from their early days and charging the same admission prices as in 1968. The first show was at Ulster Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland where they played songs from their upcoming fourth album, including the first public performances of Black Dog, Stairway To Heaven, Going To California and Rock And Roll. |
|March 12, 1972 - Page and Plant rehearse some songs with the Bombay Orchestra|
|March 25, 1973 - Led Zeppelin finally release Houses of the Holy after production issues with the album cover|
|March 28, 1973 - Led Zeppelin released Houses Of The Holy in the UK. The album title was a dedication by the band to their fans who appeared at venues they dubbed "houses of the holy". Houses Of The Holy has now been certified 11 times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for US sales in excess of 11 million copies.|
|March xx, 1974 - The band decide to release a double album due to the amount of left over studio material|
|March 29, 1975 - Led Zeppelin saw all six of their albums in the US Top 100 chart in the same week, alongside their latest album Physical Graffiti at No.1. Physical Graffiti has now been certified 16 times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for US sales in excess of 16 million copies.|
|March 15, 1975 - Tickets for the Earls Court shows sellout within four hours|
|March xx, 1976 - Jimmy speaks with reporters mentioning the new album due out called Presence|
|March 31, 1976 - Presence is released|
|March 28, 1977 - Zeppelin arrive in Dallas, Texas to rehearse before opening the eleventh tour of the US|
|March xx, 1978 - Robert and John spend some time hanging around the Midlands|
|March 26, 1979 - Robert takes lead vocal at a Bad Company gig in Birmingham|
|March 04, 1980 - John Bonham makes a TV appearance on "Alright Now" with Bill Connolly|
|March 26, 2006 - Readers of Total Guitar magazine voted the guitar solo by Jimmy Page in Led Zeppelin’s Stairway To Heaven as the greatest guitar solo of all time. The 1971 track was voted ahead of tracks by Van Halen, Queen, Jimi Hendrix and The Eagles. On the 20th anniversary of the original release of the song, it was announced via US radio sources that the song had logged up an estimated 2,874,000 radio plays - back to back, that would run for 44 years solid.|