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Bonhams To Sell Eric Clapton’s Guitars and Amps In Aid Of The Crossroads Centre December 20, 2010

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New York-Bonhams is delighted to announce this landmark auction, which includes over 150 lots from Eric Clapton’s personal collection. The sale will feature over 70 guitars and 70 amps that 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 during 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.

Stephanie Connell, Head of Entertainment Memorabilia at Bonhams says, “We are delighted to be offering such a fantastic collection of guitars and amps from such an iconic musician and hope the auction will raise a lot of money for this worthwhile cause.”

To receive a fully illustrated catalog at a discount of over 20% on the cover price, please call 1 212 644 9001 or 1 415 861 7500 or email catalogs.us@bonhams.com quoting the code name “Patrick” before 24th January 2011 (after this date, full cover price will apply). Price including postage and packing for US domestic address is $30.00 and international is $50.00 which will also allow free access to the viewing in LA and New York for two persons.

http://www.bonhams.com/entertainment
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* Artist: Eric Clapton Guitar Auction
* Tour: Guitar Auction
* Date: Wednesday, March 9th 2011
* City: Eric Clapton Guitar Auction in New York City, NY
* Venue: Bonhams
* Address: 580 Madison Avenue
* Country: United States
* Notes: Third guitar auction in aid of The Crossroads Centre, Antigua, the drug and alcohol rehabilitation center Eric Clapton founded in 1998

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