Les Paul owned a '51 NoCaster until he died. It was a gift from Leo Fender and was delivered by Paul Bigsby. Small guitar world back then. When it was auctioned during his estate sale, it sold for $216K.
An original 1954 Fender Stratocaster, left, is shown next to a 2014 model at a studio in Scottsdale, Ariz. on Friday, Jan. 10, 2014. Leo Fender developed the instrument in a small workshop in Fullerton, Calif. six decades ago. (Photo by Matt York/AP Photo)