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Clapton's Guitars Raise 1.3m for Crossroads

11 Mar 2011

Clapton's Guitars Raise 1.3m for Crossroads
Guitars, amps and memorabilia from Eric Clapton's private collection were sold at Bonhams, New York, yesterday (March 10) raising an astonishing £1.3 million for his Crossroads drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre in Antigua.

Sale prices for most items far exceeded their estimated valuation with a 1979 Danny Ferrington three-quarter-sized guitar selling for £26,000 - roughly a hundred times more than the £185-£310 it was valued at.

The highest bid was for the hollow-bodied 1948 Gibson L-5P that sold for £51,000 - having been valued at £18,000. A replica of Clapton's famous 'Blackie' Fender Stratocaster - complete with the cigarette burns and scratches that featured on the original - commanded £19,000.

Left: Eric Clapton visits Mama Cass © Henry Diltz, taken from CALIFORNIA DREAMING

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