George Harrison’s Gibson ‘58 “ransom” Les Paul – which helped recover his stolen Lucy model – sells at auction for $312,500

George Harrison and the Gibson Les Paul ransom burst
(Image credit: Steve Morley/Redferns via Getty / Heritage Auctions)

George Harrison’s 1958 Gibson Les Paul “ransom” Burst, which was used as a bargaining chip to ensure the recovery of his stolen Lucy electric guitar, has sold at auction for more than $300,000.

With a starting bid of $250,000 and a pre-set Buyer’s Premium, the guitar was purchased after just one bid, meaning the storied six-string was sold through Heritage Auctions for the minimum amount of $312,500.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer,

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.