Bonhams is set to sell more more than 70 guitars and 70 amps from Eric Clapton’s personal collection. The sale will take place in New York, on March 9 and will, as with all of Clapton’s previous sales, benefit The Crossroads Centre, a drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre the guitarist 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.
Guitars donated by other players, including Jeff Beck, J.J. Cale, and Joe Bonamassa will also sell that day.
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 basketweave speaker cabinets, used in the ’70s with Derek And The Dominos, estimate $8,000-10,000.
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