“It was the first time that a refinished guitar sold for that much money,” Richard Brant, the museum’s director, told The Telegraph.
“I don’t think anybody expected that. ... The history of it is what sold it.”
The winner of the auction, who chose not to share his identity publicly, will still let the museum show the guitar in its exhibit every other six months. Brent says the instrument will be back at The Big House in November.
“Layla” was written by Eric Clapton and Jim Gordon and released in 1970. Allman and Clapton both played guitar on the song, with Clapton singing lead vocals as well.
The guitar was also played by Allman on both of the first two albums released by the Allman Brothers. The recording of “Layla” marked one of the last times he used it.