Eric Clapton Sells Over 70 Guitars at Charity Auction

Guitarist raised $2.15 million for his rehab center in Antigua

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The Eric Clapton Sale of Guitars & Amps to benefit The Crossroads Centre at Bonhams on March 4, 2011 in New York City.
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Eric Clapton has sold more than 70 of his instruments and amplifiers, along with other ephemera such as the Gianni Versace suit that he wore at a 1990 concert at the Royal Albert Hall, at a charity auction in New York. Overall, Clapton raised more than $2.15 million for the Crossroads Center, a drug and alcohol rehab facility in Antigua that he co-founded in 1998.

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The top-selling item at the auction was a 1948 Gibson hollow body guitar that went for $83,000, far above its estimated value of $30,000. A replica of "Blackie," the guitarist's famous Fender Statocaster, was sold for just over $30,000.

Eric Clapton Auctions Guitars For Charity [BBC]