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Duane Allman’s ‘Layla’ guitar sells for $1.2 million

Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

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 $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.

Did you know?

Two founding members of the Allman Brothers Band died in motorcycle accidents — guitarist Duane Allman on October 29th, 1971, and bassist Berry Oakley on November 11th, 1972.

Both accidents took place in Macon, Georgia within three blocks of each other, both men were treated at the same hospital, and were eventually buried side-by-side.