For this interview, Guitar Shop TV attended Eric Clapton’s 2011 Crossroads Guitar Auction at Bonham’s Auction House in New York. The Auction was established to aid The Crossroads Centre in Antigua, an addiction recovery facility founded by Clapton in 1998. According to Clapton’s website: “two viewing rooms in New York City were jam-packed with bidders, as was the Los Angeles salesroom which participated by a simulcast. Additionally, there were bidders online and on the phone. Competition to acquire guitars, amplifiers, gold records and awards from rock legend Eric Clapton and instruments donated by musician friends Jeff Beck, JJ Cale and Joe Bonamassa was fierce. The sale was 100% sold and the hammer price for all lots totaled $1,767,977. The Bonham’s auction was held in association with Wallace & Hodgson, who worked on both the 1999 and 2004 Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Auctions. Included in the sale were instruments and amps by Fender, Gibson, Marshall, Martin, and Music Man. Highlights included one of Clapton’s main stage guitars from 2005, which formed one of a pair he used during the Cream Reunion Shows in London and New York – a custom built black Fender ‘Eric Clapton Signature’ Stratocaster; and a pair of circa 1970 Marshall vintage basketweave speaker cabinets, used during the 1970s while with Derek & The Dominos. This is the first time that such a large and interesting collection of amps – all of which helped created EC’s legendary sound – was offered on the auction market.
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