Duane Allman’s old guitar ‘Layla’ sells for $1.25 million

MACON, Ga. (AP) – Fans of Duane Allman (1946-1971) in Macon, Georgia, say they didn’t expect the late musician’s old guitar to sell for $1.25 million at a recent auction.

The gold-topped guitar is the one Allman played in the hit song “Layla,” where he performed with Eric Clapton, The Telegraph reported .

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This picture of Duane Allman (1946-1971) was taken from a Saturday night show at the Fillmore East’s final weekend in 1971. Photo by Ed Berman, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license

Until recently, the guitar affectionately called “Layla” had been on display at the Allman Brothers Band museum at The Big House in Macon.

“I don’t think anybody expected that,” Museum Director Richard Brent said of the amount. “The history of it is what sold it.”

Brent said the man who bought the guitar at the auction is an out-of-town collector who wishes to remain anonymous.

The buyer has agreed to share the instrument with the museum during certain times. That means it will be coming back to the museum in late November, Brent said.

“It will be coming back to The Big House in late November,” Brent said. “We couldn’t ask for more than that.”

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2009 photo of The Big House, site of the Allman Brothers Museum. Photo by Jud McCranie, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license

Duane Allman played the guitar on the first two Allman Brothers records, and in “Loan Me a Dime” with Boz Scaggs, Brent said. The recording “Layla” with Derek and the Dominos is among the last times Allman played that guitar.

Duane Allman died in a motorcycle accident on October 29, 1971. He was greatly respected by fellow guitarists and other musicians, a number of whom packed the Nov. 1, 2019 funeral service for Allman, which was held in his hometown of Macon.


Information from: The Telegraphhttp://www.macontelegraph.com

Auction Central News International contributed to this report.

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