TheÂ guitar, built in 1930, is considered on of the world’s rarest acoustic guitars and was auctioned at Christies Auctions for The Roy Rogers-Dale Evans Museum in Branson, Missouri.
In 1930 Martin produced just 15 of this model, the OM-45 and Rogers’ owned the first of those produced. The price tag at the time was $30.00, which Leonard Franklin paid to a Californian pawn shop dealer in 1933. Franklin later changed his name to Roy Rogers and went on to star stared in many films and television shows and produced many recordings. He retired the guitar sometime in the 1940’s. Rogers died in 1998. He was twice inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.