UK resident finds filthy Gibson Les Paul she kept in a closet is worth $190,000 – and sells it to Joe Bonamassa

1960 Gibson Les Paul
(Image credit: David Libson-Hochenberg/ATB Guitars)

A 1960 Gibson Les Paul Standard that spent 25 years gathering dust in a closet has been sold to Joe Bonamassa in a deal reported to be worth more than £150,000 (approx. $190,000).

The owner, an unnamed UK resident, was entrusted with the guitar from her father who reportedly purchased the instrument in 1967 for £50 (approximately $1,300 in today’s money). 

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Matt Parker
Features Editor,

Matt is Features Editor for Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar,, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.