Thursday, March 10, 2011

Eric Clapton auctions guitars for charity

British rock guitarist Eric Clapton has sold more than 70 of his instruments at a charity auction in New York. The sale by Bonhams raised more than $2.15m (£1.3m) for a drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre in Antigua, which Clapton co-founded. A 1948 Gibson hollow body guitar raised the highest price at $83,000, way above its estimated value of $30,000. The sale also included amplifiers and a Gianni Versace suit made for Clapton's 1990 concert at the Royal Albert Hall. Another of the guitars sold was a replica of Clapton's famous Fender Stratocaster, known as "Blackie", which raised more than $30,000
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