Les Paul's original Black Beauty

Over the past month or so there’s been a lot of talk about Les Paul’s original Gibson Black Beauty Les Paul. The guitar’s owner Tom Doyle, who had gotten the guitar from his friend Les Paul in the seventies, put the instrument up for sale through Guernsey’s Auctioneers. Well, the auction happened on February 19, and the Black Beauty ended up selling for $335,500.

The guitar was bought by Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay. $335,500 certainly is a lot of money, but Guitar World report that Christopher McKinney who was doing the bidding for Irsay, had been authorised to go as high as $625,000. “I was willing to go a little higher but I would never go into a million or anything like that,” Irsay told the Washington Post. “I just didn’t believe that it was there at that sort of price.”

It would be really nice for us guitar players if the Black Beauty Les Paul would be on display for all to see, but since Irsay told the Washington Post “…it really enhances my collection significantly,” it sounds like it will simply remain in Irsay’s private collection for the time being. But why not display it inside the Colts’ Lucas Oil Stadium? That’ll give me a reason to visit Indianapolis!