Les Paul's historic 'Number One' Goldtop sells at auction for $930,000

Les Paul Number One Goldtop
(Image credit: Justin Borucki)

Les Paul’s iconic “Number One” Les Paul – the first ever Gibson Les Paul model to be approved by Paul himself – recently went up for auction at Christie’s in New York and, despite carrying an estimated price tag of $150,000, sold for a whopping $930,000.

The historic nature of the axe helps justify its almost-one-million-dollar price tag, with the heavily-modded singlecut sporting a series of home DIY jobs that Paul had included in his evergreen quest to create a game-changing electric guitar.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer, GuitarWorld.com

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.