Eric Clapton: Guitars And Amps Up For Auction

By this time next week, you could own a piece of music history, and the history of guitar icon Eric Clapton.

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By this time next week, you could own a piece of music history, and the history of guitar icon Eric Clapton.

More than 150 lots from Eric's personal collection, including over 70 guitars and 70 amps which have helped create Clapton's legendary sound, will be available at auction by Bonhams next week. This is the first time the rock icon has donated his historic amplifier collection to auction and gives fans a rare opportunity to purchase a piece of Clapton history.

The auction is being held to benefit The Crossroads Centre, Antigua. A spokesman for the Centre says, "The Crossroads Centre is very excited to be the beneficiary of Eric Clapton's guitar and amp auction at Bonhams which will directly assist those who are in need of addiction treatment. As we know, recovery from addiction is possible and with quality treatment and support, is often lifesaving."

The auction will be held in New York, on Wednesday, March 9.

Eric Clapton has commented on the sale: "I am very happy that Bonhams have agreed to host my third guitar auction in aid of The Crossroads Centre, Antigua, the drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre I founded in 1998."

Included in the sale are instruments and amps by Fender, Gibson, Marshall, Martin, Music Man to name but a few. Some of the historic amps are associated with Clapton's career from the 1970s to the present day. It is the first time that such a large and interesting collection of amps has ever been offered on the auction market. With estimates on amps and guitars spanning from $300-30,000, there's something for fans and collectors within every budget range.

The auction also includes guitars generously donated by famous musicians such as Jeff Beck, J.J. Cale, and Joe Bonamassa.

Highlights include one of Clapton's main stage guitars from 2005, which formed one of a pair he memorably used during the Cream Reunion Shows in London and New York - a custom built black Fender 'Eric Clapton Signature' Stratocaster, estimate $20,000-30,000; and a pair of circa 1970 Marshall vintage basket weave speaker cabinets, used during the 1970s whilst appearing with Derek And The Dominos, estimate $8,000-10,000.

Check out the Bonhams auction catalogue here.

Thanks for the report to Hennemusic.com.

7 comments sorted by best / new / date

    PIMO
    lol at the cell phone but damn i wish i could get one of these items =/
    masterofpuppies
    One of the items in the catalogue is a "park" amp. They were really cheap, crappy beginner amps around in the early 90's. I'm amazed Clapton has ever been near one of these.
    S-Tallica
    There was a great cover story on this in last months Guitarist magazine, I think it's great what Eric does for charity.
    Slap-happy
    masterofpuppies wrote: One of the items in the catalogue is a "park" amp. They were really cheap, crappy beginner amps around in the early 90's. I'm amazed Clapton has ever been near one of these.
    Park started in the '60s as an off-shoot of Marshall (something to do with licencing and certain shops stocks, from memory). They were pretty decent, all valve amps including a 45 watt head. They ceased production in the late '70s/early '80s. The name was revived for the practice amps you mention - I doubt Clapton would have owned one of these... Nice collection of stuff - how much has he got left, though? These auctions have been occuring for years now. Just our of curiousity - was anyone else a little disappointed that he played a Strat and not a Gibson at the Cream reunion gig?
    Slap-happy
    Just checked the auction site properly and, yep - it's a '93 Park model - my bad.... Odd the things the rich and famous pick up...
    ranbat
    The G10 are pretty typical practice amps. They made some bigger stuff also. I have a G25R and it's a pretty decent amp for AC/DC type rock if you leave the Gain at about 4. These were the precursor to the Marshall MG line.