Eric Clapton's guitar sells for £25k at auction

Music 12/03/2018

A guitar once owned by Eric Clapton has made £25,000 at auction.

The guitar was a 1987 Guild D55NT and owned by Clapton from 1978 to 1999.

He sold it at a charity auction in New York in 1999 in aid of his drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre.

Auctioneer Luke Hobbs, of Gardiner Houlgate in Corsham, Wiltshire, said: "It was a fabulous sale that far exceeded our expectations."

The guitar's headstock had burns where Clapton would rest his lit cigarettes.

"We knew we'd get a lot of interest in the Clapton guitar, but nowhere near this level," said Mr Hobbs.

"The buyers in the room were gasping each time the price went up. It's one of the tensest sales I've been involved in."

Auctioneers said the guitar appeared to have the same strings as when Clapton owned it because they were tied off in the way used by his guitar technician Lee Dickson.

Source: BBC