Thursday, March 10, 2011

Eric Clapton auction raises 1.7 Million for rehab center

Many Eric Clapton fans and collectors left the guitar icon’s Bonhams auction in New York on Wednesday very happy.

More than 150 lots from Clapton's personal collection, including over 70 guitars and 70 amps which have helped create Clapton's legendary sound, were made available at an auction by Bonhams to benefit The Crossroads Centre.

CNN reports Wednesday’s auction raised $1.77 million for the drug treatment center in Antigua that Clapton founded in 1998.

"We feel it's a tremendous success," Kim Martin, a representative for the Crossroads Centre, said. "We're excited the auction raised the amount of money it did, and we're grateful for the organizers and the many bidders who participated."

The item receiving the highest bid was Clapton's 1948 Gibson LP5 guitar, which sold for $82,960. According to the auction catalogue, Clapton said the guitar had "plenty of use."

Other big sellers were a 2005 Zemaitis guitar that sold for $75,640 and a 2008 Martin guitar that fetched $70,760.

The lowest-selling item was an Andrea Valentini tote bag, which went for $610.

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