(AFP) – A collectible Eric Clapton guitar was bought for $ 625,000 in New York City, the highest price in an auction devoted to rock legends on Friday and Saturday that totaled nearly $ 5 million , announced the company Julien’s Auctions.
Announced as the highlight of this sale, which took place at the Hard Rock Café in New York but also on the internet, this acoustic guitar, a Martin D-45, strummed by Clapton in 1970 during a first live concert by his group Derek and The Dominos, was estimated at $ 300,000 and $ 500,000 by Julien’s.
Its selling price remains much lower than the record for a guitar, reached by the semi-acoustic on which the singer of Nirvana, Kurt Cobain, had played during the famous concert “MTV Unplugged” in 1993 (6 million dollars in 2020 at Julien’s Auction).
Rock and blues legend Eric Clapton has been controversial since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, posting positions deemed anti-vaccine and opposing confinements.
Other guitars sold included a 1976 Gibson Explorer “The Edge”, used by U2, sold for $ 437,500, and a Fender Stratocaster on which Pink Floyd musician David Gilmour had played, sold for $ 200,000.
Nearly 1,000 lots and various objects passed through the hands of the Beatles, Guns N’Roses, Nirvana, Michael Jackson, Amy Winehouse, Whitney Houston, Lady Gaga, Madonna, Elvis Presley, the Rolling Stones, were sold during these auctions.