The guitars of famous musicians electrify the auction

(ETX Daily Up) – It is a legendary instrument among music lovers. An acoustic guitar that belonged to Eric Clapton will soon be on sale at Julien’s Auction. It could reach a sum in six figures, like many “guitars” of musicians offered at auction in recent months.

The instrument was used by the British rock and blues guitarist on June 14, 1970, during Derek and The Dominos’ first concert at the Lyceum Theater in London. He also used it with his previous bands including The Yardbirds, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers and Cream and Blind Faith.

Eric Clapton then gave the acoustic guitar, a 1968 Martin D-45, to his friend and singer-songwriter Dave Edmunds. In a source letter accompanying the instrument, the 77-year-old musician said Clapton chose this model because he could no longer find the Gibson J-200 he intended to give him.

The coin is estimated between 300,000 and 500,000 dollars (between 264,030 and 440,060 euros). It will be auctioned on November 19 and 20 at the annual “Icons & Idols, Rock ‘N’ Roll” at Julien’s Auction. Other instruments belonging to rock legends will also pass under the hammer on this occasion. Among them, a Stratocaster electric guitar which David Gilmour of Pink Floyd has already used on stage.

Six million euros for a Cobain guitar

If Julien’s Auctions estimates it between 80,000 and 100,000 dollars (between 70,400 and 88,000 euros), its price could however rise. Around 100 guitars from Gilmour’s personal collection were sold for $ 21.5 million (around € 18.9 million) in 2019 at Christie’s. One of them, the legendary Black Strat, even soared to $ 3.975 million (around 3.50 million euros).

This record was shattered a few months later by a guitar that Kurt Cobain had used in 1993 during his famous “MTV Unplugged” concert. It became the most expensive instrument ever sold at auction, selling for $ 6 million (around 5.3 million euros).

These huge sums do not surprise Darren Julien, the director of Julien’s Auctions. They attest to the growing enthusiasm of collectors for pieces that have belonged to celebrities, living or deceased. “[L’un d’entre eux] recently told me: ‘It’s cooler to hang John Lennon’s guitar on my wall than a Monet or a Picasso,’ “he told The Guardian. Other collector’s pieces like the posters retro concerts meet the same fate at auction.