Guernsey's Auctions is offering the guitar 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.
In Les' own words, he wanted Gibson to build a guitar that was similar to the original Les Paul model, but this time in black, so it would match his tuxedo.
As you can see this is not a typical Les Paul Black Beauty. This one was customized to Les's specifications with Lo-Z pickups and special poteniometers and switches.
This is called Artistry in Guitar and features a collection of approximately 300 beautiful instruments.
The auction price list ranges from $244 to $366,000.