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Eric Clapton set to auction over 150 guitars and amps from personal collection

Eric Clapton with a signed 2006 'Blackie' recreation Stratocaster, estimated at between US$20,000 and US$30,000 (Credit: Original photo by Jack English, Marshbrook Limited 2010)
Eric Clapton with a signed 2006 'Blackie' recreation Stratocaster, estimated at between US$20,000 and US$30,000 (Credit: Original photo by Jack English, Marshbrook Limited 2010)
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Eric Clapton with a signed 2006 'Blackie' recreation Stratocaster, estimated at between US$20,000 and US$30,000 (Credit: Original photo by Jack English, Marshbrook Limited 2010)
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Eric Clapton with a signed 2006 'Blackie' recreation Stratocaster, estimated at between US$20,000 and US$30,000 (Credit: Original photo by Jack English, Marshbrook Limited 2010)

Although guitar legend Eric Clapton has auctioned off instruments from his personal collection before, next year's sale will mark the first time that he's made some of his amps available, too. Players looking to grab a slice of Slow Hand tone, fans of the man they called God, or music memorabilia collectors will all get the chance to bid on over 70 of the icon's own guitars and 70 of his amps. Donations from other famous musicians will also go under the hammer, with all profits going to the substance abuse center in Antigua that Clapton founded in the late 1990s.

Bonhams has announced that the third Eric Clapton auction in aid of the Crossroads Centre – a non-profit facility founded by Clapton for the treatment of alcohol and other drug addictions – represents a first outing for selected amplifiers from his own collection. Amongst the famous brands on offer are guitars and amps from Fender, Gibson, Marshall, Martin and Music Man.

According to the auction hosts, "some of the historic amps are associated with Clapton's career from the 1970s to the present day," giving bidders a unique opportunity to delve even further into the sound that has helped shape rock for over four decades. Highlights include a custom-built black Fender Signature Strat that he used during the Cream Reunion shows in London and New York in 2005, and a pair of vintage Marshall basket-weave speaker cabs from around 1970.

The famous auction house added that there will be something to suit all budgets, with estimates on items ranging from a few hundred dollars right up to a few hundred thousand dollars. Music fans will also get the chance to bid on items donated by other famous musicians, such as Clapton's Yardbirds replacement Jeff Beck, influential songwriter and musician JJ Cale and modern guitar hero Joe Bonamassa.

Pre-sale viewing is being arranged for New Bond St, London during January and West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles in February. The sale itself, held in association with Wallace & Hodgson, will take place on March 9, 2011 at Bonhams New York on Madison Avenue.

More details will appear on the Bonhams website shortly.

2 comments
Mr Stiffy
I am quite sure that he has rightfully earnt and bought a great deal of them, and he has probably had a heap of companies give them to him for the PR and sales.... but what in the hell is the guy doing with an excess of 70 Amps and 70 guitars, that he can afford to get rid of? I can think of having about perhaps 4 or 5 different types of guitar and spares - should something go wrong when touring... and a few favourite amps a heap on hire when doing stadium work... While his act is somewhat noble - what lead up to it is much like owning 150 cars.... It\'s absurd. And who knows how many more he has got left.
Jason Stoddart
The term is >collector... Definition of collector on the Web: a person who collects things. There is a thing called google you should use it sometime to look things up.... ;)