Eric Clapton Will Host Guitar Auction To Benefit His Rehab Center
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In a philanthropic endeavor, legendary guitarist Eric Clapton is teaming up with Heritage Auctions for a monumental guitar auction to support the Crossroads Centre Antigua rehab facility. The auction, commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Crossroads Centre, is set to take place on December 8 in Dallas, with online bids already being accepted.
The initiative follows the star-studded 2023 edition of Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival, held in September at Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles.
Clapton expressed his gratitude, stating,
“It is now 25 years since the Crossroads Centre in Antigua opened its doors, helping thousands of men and women needing help with their addictions, including numerous people from the Caribbean, where little help was previously available.”
The auction features an impressive array of items, including guitars donated and signed by Clapton and various artists who have graced the Crossroads Guitar Festival over the years. Collectibles such as books, posters, artwork, lyric sheets, vinyl LPs, and musical equipment are also up for grabs.
One of the highlights is Clapton’s 2019 Fender Custom Shop Stratocaster, played during the 2019 Crossroads festival in Dallas alongside John Mayer and Peter Frampton. Another special guitar is a metallic blue Custom Shop Stratocaster signed by Clapton and played at the 2023 festival.
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The auction also includes a trio of guitars autographed by Clapton and other artists from the 2023 festival, featuring a custom-built “Blackie” Stratocaster, a Gibson 70th Anniversary Les Paul, and a Martin LX1 acoustic guitar.
Memorabilia includes a Fender Stratocaster signed by Clapton and other artists from the Jeff Beck Tribute Concert, a Marshall 1962 model Bluesbreaker replica amp, Clapton-signed lyric sheets, and more. Notably, the auction extends beyond artists who played at the Crossroads Guitar Festival, with signed guitars from Don Felder, Brian Setzer, and Paul Stanley.
For those seeking unique experiences, the auction offers music-related opportunities, including tours of the Martin Museum, the Gibson Garage, and a private tour of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
A preview exhibit will be on display at Heritage’s New York City offices, and items will be available for viewing by appointment at Heritage’s headquarters in Dallas prior to the auction.
This auction stands as a testament to Clapton’s commitment to supporting those in need and marks a milestone in the ongoing success of the Crossroads Centre.
“Crossroads continues to flourish, but it always needs funds to subsidize help for those who could not otherwise afford it,” Clapton emphasized.
For a detailed list of items and further information, visit HA.com.