That's right. It the exclusive curly maple. But that's not all there is! A birdseye pattern made it in there too!
This is a pretty good chunk of wood. This particular piece was about four inches thick. Here's some more wood goodness.
Some of you might say, "Hey, I've seen Epiphone guitars that have tops like that. Why is this so special?" Well, my answer is this. What is actually on the really nice Epiphone guitars is a mahogany body with a plain maple top. Then they put a paper veneer over that maple top so it looks like it is curly maple. The pattern you are seeing is actually printed out on a big roll. It's not wood, it's paper.
This is the real deal. My Dad's friend said that the last time he checked, the price of highly figured curly maple like this was $96 a board foot. So feel free to do the math on what this piece of wood costs. And before you make me an offer, know this. It's already off to the Florida Woodturning Symposium. It might be sold even as I type this.
I hope whoever buys this makes some great things out of it. Since it's going to a wood-turners meeting, I'm guessing it will be made into things that can be turned on a lathe. So bowls, plates, cups and such are all likely to be made from this lovely wood. I wish the best for whoever purchases it.