“The reaction to Ian Bairnson’s collection has so far surpassed interest to some of these mammoth names in the guitar world”: The Les Paul used on Kate Bush’s Wuthering Heights smashes estimates at auction

Ian Bairnson's Gibson Les Paul, as played on Kate Bush's Wuthering Heights – close-ups
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The 1974 Gibson Les Paul Custom featured in Kate Bush's Wuthering Heights has just sold for £21,500 ($27,480) at auction. Pre-auction, the guitar was expected to fetch £10,000 ($12,781), before going under the hammer for £17,000 ($21,728).

As the story goes, Ian Bairnson used this guitar to play the solo at the end of Kate Bush's breakthrough single, while his arm was in a plaster cast.  

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Janelle Borg

Janelle is a staff writer at GuitarWorld.com. After a long stint in classical music, Janelle discovered the joys of playing guitar in dingy venues at the age of 13 and has never looked back. Janelle has written extensively about the intersection of music and technology, and how this is shaping the future of the music industry. She also had the pleasure of interviewing Dream Wife, K.Flay, Yīn Yīn, and Black Honey, among others. When she's not writing, you'll find her creating layers of delicious audio lasagna with her art-rock/psych-punk band ĠENN.