Eric Clapton Auctioning Guitars & Amps

More than 70 guitars from Eric Clapton’s personal collection will be up for grabs when the instruments are auctioned off next year. The guitarist is also parting ways with 70 of his amps.

Proceeds from the auction will go towards the drug and alcohol addiction rehabilitation center Clapton co-founded. The Crossroads Centre is located on the Caribbean island of Antigua.

The auction takes place March 9 through Bonhams. According to a post on Clapton’s website, fans will have the chance to view the items in the Bonhams saleroom in Los Angeles between Feb. 11-13. The items can be viewed in the New York saleroom March 5-9.

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Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH

Clapton’s collection includes guitars and amps by Gibson, Fender, Marshall, Martin and Music Man.

Reuters points out one of the key pieces in the collection is a custom built black Fender “Eric Clapton Signature” Stratocaster. This is one of a pair of guitars Clapton used during the Cream Reunion shows in London and New York. The instrument is worth an estimated $20,000 to $30,000.

A pair of speakers cabinets dating back to the 1970s is expected to bring in between $8,000 to $10,000. Clapton used the Marshall vintage basket weave speaker cabinets when he performed with Derek And The Dominos.

The auction will also feature instruments donated by Jeff Beck, J.J. Cale and Joe Bonamassa.

Clapton previously gave fans a chance to own a bit of music history with auctions held in 1999 and 2004.

Click here for the Reuters story.

Click here for Eric Clapton’s website.