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Posted at 03:03 PM ET, 03/26/2012

Les Paul’s guitars go to auction

Fans of Les Paul, inventor of one of the first solid-body electric guitars, could get a chance to own one of his original instruments if they’re willing to shell out big bucks for it. Paul’s guitars, effects pedals, mixing consoles and a grand piano, as well as other personal effects, will go to auction in June.
Les Paul’s 1940s Epiphone Zephyr 7133 Klunker Guitar. (AP)

This year is the 60th anniversary of the commercial release of the Gibson Les Paul Guitar. According to the Associated Press, the auction will take place over three days, including June 9, which would have been Paul’s 97th birthday.

In addition to being honored by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Paul was also recognized with what some consider to be one of the best Google Doodles of all time: A playable guitar-string Google logo. The doodle was so popular that it was given a second-day encore on the Google home page, and now permanently resides at Googuitar.

This undated image released by Julien's Auctions shows Les Paul’s 1975 original passport, to be sold at auction. (AP)

Les Paul’s Gibson LP1 Guitar Amplifier Touring Rig prototype designed By Les Paul. (AP)

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