Duane Allman‘s 1957 Gibson Les Paul gold top, on which he performed the solo on the Derek & The Dominos‘ 1970 classic “Layla” has been sold at auction for a whopping $1.2 million, according to Ultimate Classic Rock. Allman, who died in 1971, played the legendary guitar on the first two Allman Brothers Band albums — 1969’s The Allman Brothers Band and 1970’s Idlewild South — along with the 1970 sessions with Eric Clapton that resulted in the Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs album, after which Allman traded the instrument. According to the report, the Les Paul traded hands three more times before the most recent seller obtained it in 1977.
According to the press release on the GottaHaveRockAndRoll.com auction house website: “The guitar has been on display at the Allman Brothers Band Museum at the Big House in Macon, Georgia. The guitar also still has been getting played, with recent players such as Billy Gibbons, Kirk Hammet, Vince Gill, Derek Trucks, and many more. The Rolling Stones were supposed to play it (this past) July 27th if it wasn’t for this auction.”
Galadrielle Allman (pronounced GOLLA-dree-ELL), the daughter of Duane Allman, recently published the biography Please Be With Me: A Song For My Father. Galadrielle helped compile the recent seven-disc set, Skydog: The Duane Allman Retrospective, and told us she doesn’t read too much into her father’s fatal motorcycle crash on October 29th, 1971: [“I really resist making meaning out of his death or saying there was a reason for it. Like he had to. . . his time was up, or that he knew his time was up — or any of that. Y’know, I think, it’s a tragic accident and a meaningless accident. And I’m just not one to sort of be accepting of that. I just think it’s a true tragedy.”] SOUNDCUE (:16 OC: . . . a true tragedy)