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Les Paul personal guitars, grand piano, recording gear will go to the highest bidder

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An auction of rock and roll itself is about to take place in Los Angeles -- Les Paul's personal collection of instruments and gear will go to the highest bidder, with the money benefiting the Les Paul Foundation for historic preservation, music education and medical research.

The grand piano from Paul's home recording studio, a selection of his rare guitars, pedals, consoles and other equipment from the rock pioneer's collection will be sold at auction during three days in June, including what would have been Paul's 97th birthday, says Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills.

Recognized and revered as an architect of rock and roll, Paul is honored at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the National Inventors Hall of Fame. His contributions to evolution of rock can not be overstated in his 1952-released solid-body electric Gibson Les Paul guitar, the technology behind (and experimentation with) multi-track recording, and his inspired playing style and techniques.