Duane Allman's 'Layla' Guitar Sells for $1.25 Million

The Les Paul was also used with the Allman Brothers Band
Musician Duane Allman (1946 - 1971) of American rock group The Allman Brothers Band performs at Fillmore East
Duane Allman Photo credit Don Paulsen/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

It created one of the most memorable slide guitar solos on one of the most popular rock songs of all-time, and now Duane Allman’s 1957 Les Paul has a new owner.

The iconic goldtop guitar the late legend used to record “Layla” with Eric Clapton sold for $1.25 million at auction. Allman also used the guitar on the Allman Brothers Band’s first two albums.

The Les Paul had been on display at the Allman Brothers Band Museum in Macon, GA, but had also gotten some recent use by players like Billy Gibbons, Kirk Hammett and Derek Trucks, according to Gotta Have Rock and Roll.

Duane Allman's 1957 Les Paul
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The auctioneers noted the guitar changed hands three times after Allman traded it for a 1959 cherry sunburst Les Paul, until it was purchased by its most recent owner in 1977.

“The guitar was known as “The Studio Guitar” as Duane used this guitar the most in the studio,” the auctioneer said. “Duane was one of the greatest guitar players in history ranking number 9 by Rolling Stone Magazine. This guitar would be the holy grail in any collection or museum.”

Legendary guitars such as Allmans’ have been fetching premium prices this year. In June, an auction of more than 100 guitars owned by David Gilmour of Pink Floyd yielded more than $21 million. The prize was his famous Black Strat used on albums like Dark Side of the Moon. It sold for a world record $3.9 million.