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Eric Clapton to Auction 150+ Guitars and Amps

Bonhams will auction more than 70 guitars and 70 amps to benefit the Crossroads Centre, Antigua

Eric Clapton with a 2006 'Blackie' re-creation Stratocaster with his signature, which is estimated at $20,000 - $30,000. This guitar, built by Fender Custom Shop, replicates each detail even down to the cigarette burns on the headstock of Clapton's legendary Strat 'Blackie'. Credit: Original photo by Jack English © Marshbrook Limited 2010.
New York, NY (December 10, 2010) -- Bonhams is delighted to announce this landmark auction, which includes more than 150 lots from Eric Clapton's personal collection. The sale will feature over 70 guitars and 70 amps which have helped create Clapton's legendary sound. This is the first time the rock icon has donated his historic amplifiers 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 9th March 2011, with pre-sale viewing also planned at Bonhams London during January, and Bonhams & Butterfields Los Angeles in February.

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.

The auction is being held in association with Wallace & Hodgson, who worked on the two previous record breaking Clapton/Crossroads Guitar auctions in 1999 and 2004.

The collection will be available for viewings three times before the auction:
· London: 101 New Bond Street, London, W1S 1SR: Sunday 23rd January - Wednesday 26th January 2011
· Los Angeles: 7601 West Sunset Boulevard, CA 90046, USA: Friday 18th February - Sunday 20th February 2011
· New York: 580 Madison Avenue, NY 10022: Saturday 5th March - Wednesday 9th March 2011

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