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Eric Clapton’s Iconic Guitar Fetches Over £1 Million in Historic Auction

by Madonna

Eric Clapton’s legendary 1964 Gibson-SG, affectionately known as ‘The Fool’ for its iconic custom paint design, has made history as one of the most expensive guitars ever sold at auction. The electric guitar, adorned with a psychedelic 1960s paint scheme designed by a Dutch art collective, was auctioned off for an astounding $1.27 million (£1.03 million) during the three-day music auction event, ‘Played, Worn and Torn: Rock N’ Roll Iconic Guitars and Memorabilia,’ organized by the Hard Rock Cafe in Nashville and conducted by Julien’s Auctions.

The guitar holds a rich musical history, having been wielded by Clapton during Cream’s recording sessions for their second album, “Disraeli Gears,” where its distinctive sound contributed to the iconic riff of ‘Sunshine Of Your Love.’ Beyond Cream, the instrument took a remarkable journey through the hands of musical luminaries. Following the disbandment of Cream, Clapton gifted ‘The Fool’ to George Harrison, adding a Beatle to its prestigious lineage.

Harrison, in turn, passed the guitar to Jackie Lomax, who later transferred it to Todd Rundgren in the 1970s and ’80s. Remarkably, Rundgren sold the guitar at an auction in 2000 for a mere $150,000 to settle debts. Fast forward to the recent auction, and the instrument, with its storied history etched into its wood and strings, commanded over a million dollars.

Darren Julien, President/Chief Executive Officer of Julien’s Auctions, remarked on the historic sale, stating, “Eric Clapton’s The Fool, one of the most important guitars in all of rock music history, has made history once again tonight at our auction.” Importantly, a portion of the proceeds from the sale will be allocated to Kicking The Stigma, The Indianapolis Colts, and Irsay Family’s mental health awareness initiative, reflecting a harmonious convergence of musical history and philanthropy.

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