June 25, 2004

On this day in 2004, Eric Clapton raised close to $7.5 million for a drug addiction center he set up in the Caribbean. The items that were sold were the “Blackie” Stratocaster that Clapton played from 1970-185 for $1 million, a 1964 cherry-red Gibson for $847,000 and a 1939 Martin acoustic that Clapton played on his “Unplugged” album went for $800,000. All three sales were records for a guitar sale, a Gibson guitar, and a Martin guitar.

Clapton sold some of his legendary guitars at Christie’s Auction House, earning  $1 million for “Blackie” the Stratocaster that Clapton played from 1970-1985, a 1964 cherry-red Gibson for $847,000 and a 1939 Martin acoustic that Clapton played on his “Unplugged” album for $800,000.

 

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