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Clapton guitar sells for record price!!!!!!!!!



A Fender Stratocaster guitar owned by singer Eric Clapton has sold for a record $959,500US thats 1,278,000CDN at Christie's in New York.

The guitar, which Clapton had named 'Blackie', was expected to fetch in the region of $150,000 but the price rose sharply after a bidding war at the auction.

The Fender Stratocaster, which Clapton had owned since 1973 and used in recording the hits 'Cocaine' and 'Wonderful Tonight', was eventually bought by Guitar Center, a US music chain store.

The auction was held to raise money for Crossroads Centre in Antigua, an addiction treatment centre founded by Clapton in 1998.

Speaking after the record sale Clapton said, "I am thrilled at the result which is going to be of enormous help to us in achieving our long term aims at the Centre."
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6/25/2004 10:31 AM

James Wilmoth (5351) wrote:

Wow! Maybe the guy that bought all those amps bought this guitar!

-Willie



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6/25/2004 10:50 AM

Bill North (12505) wrote:

The Fender Stratocaster, which Clapton had owned since 1973 and used in recording the hits 'Cocaine' and 'Wonderful Tonight', was eventually bought by Guitar Center, a US music chain store.


Bill ~~~



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6/25/2004 11:04 AM

William Bustard (1574) wrote:

Guitar Center raked in $938.2 million last year.



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6/25/2004 12:38 PM

Bill North (12505) wrote:

Yep.
The MegaCorp of musical instrument sales.
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I wonder if that would be considered the worlds biggest trade-in?

Bill ~~~



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6/25/2004 1:27 PM

William Bustard (1574) wrote:

Well Im glad the money is going to a charity-I guess they and Clapton are too- tax deductions-ha-ha-probably end up hanging in some office under plexi glass,

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6/25/2004 11:47 AM

Jim Burger (4613) wrote:

It wasn't just this one, several of the pieces in the auction went for several times what was expected. Here's another article on this:

"Eric Clapton's favorite guitar for 15 years fetched $959,500 at auction on Thursday, easily eclipsing the record set by the sale of another guitar by the legendary rock musician five years ago.

The Fender Stratocaster, nicknamed "Blackie," was one of 88 guitars and other items Clapton and other musicians donated to raise money for Crossroads Center Antigua, a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in the West Indies.

Christie's, the New York auction house handling the sale, had estimated Blackie's price at $100,000 to $150,000

The auction brought in a total of $7,438,624. That's nearly half again the $5 million generated at Christie's 1999 sale, which also benefited Crossroads.

At the 1999 auction, an anonymous bidder paid what was then a record $497,500 for "Brownie," a 1956 Fender Stratocaster that Clapton used on the Derek and the Dominos hit "Layla."

"Blackie" was practically the only guitar Clapton used on stage and in the studio from late 1970 to 1985. A composite of three guitars made in 1956 and 1957, it is on the cover of Clapton's 1977 album "Slowhand," which includes such hits as "Cocaine" and "Wonderful Tonight."

Christie's said it sold all 88 of the selections, most of which were donated by Clapton, 59.

Three other guitars also brought more than $500,000 each.

A Gibson ES-335 that Clapton bought in 1964 and used through stints with The Yardbirds, Cream, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers and Blind Faith as well as his solo career sold for $847,500 -- more than 10 times the high end of an estimate of $60,000 to $80,000.

The 1939 C.F. Martin & Co. acoustic guitar that Clapton played during his famous MTV "Unplugged" appearance in 1992 sold for $791,500. It also had been expected to sell for between $60,000 and $80,000.

A composite Fender Stratocaster, circa 1965, the late Stevie Ray Vaughan used throughout his career sold for $623,500, well above the estimated range of $15,000 to $20,000. It was donated by his brother, Jimmie Vaughan.

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6/25/2004 11:57 AM

James Wilmoth (5351) wrote:

Where's this article at?

-Willie

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6/25/2004 12:04 PM

Jim Burger (4613) wrote:

Actually, it was a headline on Yahoo! news. They switch their headlines often, but if you just go to Yahoo's homepage it may still be there. Also means it's one of the top 5 news stories out there right now!

I think they get them from AP if you can't find it on Yahoo.