“He stopped using the Strats and from then on played a Gibson Les Paul. These were retired, stolen, sold off”: Folk and blues guitar icon John Martyn's guitar gear is up for auction – including two 1954 Gibson Les Paul Goldtops

L-John Martyn performing on stage at the 1974 Rock Proms at Olympia London on July 5 1974; R- John Martyn's 1954 Gibson Les Paul Gold Top
(Image credit: L-Brian Cooke/Getty Images; R-Omega Auctions)

A collection of instruments, equipment, and personal effects from folk and blues legend John Martyn is set to be auctioned at a dedicated sale in July.

Auction highlights include two 1954 Gibson Les Paul Goldtop guitars, each estimated to fetch between £30,000 and £50,000. Martyn's 1965 Gibson SG guitar is also part of the auction and is estimated at £10,000 to £15,000.

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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.