Les Paul guitars have made their way from Mahwah, where their creator lived for much of his life, all around the world. Last month, one landed on reality TV.
A recent episode of The History Channel's 'Pawn Stars,' which features a family-owned pawn shop in Las Vegas, featured a rare Les Paul brought to the shop by Mary Ford's nephew.
According to a Huffington Post report on the episode Les is More:
Inside the case was a piece of guitar history: A cream, 1961 Gibson "SG," once owned by guitar legend, and Ford's ex-husband, Les Paul. Ford's nephew also had a stack of papers documenting Paul's tempestuous relationship with guitar manufacturer Gibson.
How could Rick and Corey Harrison put a price on such an artifact? Well, they were helped by the fact that the owner had a price in mind -- "You're getting history here" -- and he wouldn't budge until their offer matched it.
The price? A cool $90,000."