In February 2016, a rumour spread through parts of the internet which excited Led Zeppelin fans and Gibson guitar collectors: Jimmy Page had been reunited with his legendary “Black Beauty” guitar which was stolen in 1970.
The 1960 Gibson Les Paul was Page’s main session guitar from 1962 to 1967 and was also used during the early years of Led Zeppelin. The guitar was stolen at Minneapolis–Saint Paul airport in April 1970, though, when Page took it with him to the US on tour.
For 45 years, the guitar and Page were separated.
However, Page has confirmed that he was reunited with the stolen guitar on November 12, 2015 and his “Black Beauty” guitar is now on display in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s “Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock & Roll” exhibition which will open on April 8.
The exhibition hasn’t opened yet, but here are photographs of the “Black Beauty” guitar taken by Jonathan Bayer: