Eric Clapton Collectibles And Memorabilia

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Eric Clapton Collectibles And Memorabilia are items relating to the renowned recording artist and guitarist Eric Clapton.

 

Brief history/biography

Eric Clapton was born on March 30th, 1945 and has been consistently declared as one of the most talented guitarists in music history.

Clapton achieved international success after joining the Yardbirds in the mid 1960s, but became a household name after forming the band Cream in 1966 along with drummer Ginger Baker and bassist Jack Bruce.

Some of the many other notable acts Clapton has collaborated with throughout his lengthy and successful career include Powerhouse, John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers, Blind Faith, Free Creek, J.J. Cale, The Plastic Ono Band, Derek and the Dominoes, Sheryl Crow, The Rolling Stones, Luciano Pavarotti, The Band, B. B. King, Mark Knopfler, Brian Wilson and many more.

Clapton has also had a highly successful solo career, and one of his most notable songs to date "Tears in Heaven" (which was written about his four-year-old son Connor who tragically died after falling from a 53rd floor New York apartment window in 1991), and he also won three Grammy awards for "Song of the Year" as well as "Record of the Year" and "Male Pop Vocal Performance" in 1993 as well.

In 2006, Clapton was awarded with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award as a member of Cream, and has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame three separate times as a member of Cream, The Yardbirds and as a solo artist as well.

Types of Eric Clapton Collectibles And Memorabilia

Clothing

Christie's in New York sold a Gianni Versace stage suit which was worn by Clapton when he performed on stage in 1990 for $28,680 in June of 2004.

Instruments

Christie's in New York sold:

  • A Fender Stratocaster electric guitar (circa 1956/1957) which was Clapton's "sole stage and studio guitar" from the late 1970s to 1985 for $959,500 in June of 2004.
  • Clapton's 1965 Gibson electric guitar which he used for his performances/recordings with the Yardbirds and Cream for $847,500 in June of 2004.
  • A Martin acoustic guitar which was used by Clapton during his MTV Unplugged performance in 1992 for $791,500 in June of 2004.
  • A 1996 Fender stratocaster electric guitar which was Clapton's "main stage guitar" in 1997 for $455,500 in June of 2004.
  • A 12-string guitar designed by Anthony C. Zemaitis and Eric Clapton (circa 1969) for $253,900 in June of 2004.
  • A 1986 Fender stratocaster electric guitar which was used by Clapton during the late 1980s for $107,000 in June of 1999.
  • A 1977 Juan Alvarez classical guitar which Clapton used for the music video for "Tears in Heaven" (circa 1991) for $253,900 in June of 2004.
  • A 1966 Martin acoustic guitar which Clapton used during a tour with the Dominos in 1970 for $186,700 in June of 2004.
  • A 1991 Fender stratocaster "Blackie" signature model electric guitar which was used by Clapton during the 1990s for $77,300 in June of 1999.
  • A 1974 Martin acoustic guitar which was Clapton's "chief" guitar during the 1970s for $173,000 in June of 1999.
  • A 2004 Stratocaster "Crash" concept model guitar which has been Clapton's sole stage guitar from 2004 to present for $321,100 in June of 2004.

Jewellery

  • Sotheby's in New York sold Eric Clapton's stainless steel Rolex watch for $505,000 in April of 2008.

Guide for collectors

Memorabilia that was once used, signed or worn by Clapton during the 1960s and 1970s is considered to be more rare than memorabilia that was once used, signed or worn by Clapton from the 1980s to present.

Memorabilia that was once used by Clapton when he was in the band Cream or the Yardbirds, as well as when he performed his Unplugged album in 1992 for MTV is considered to be more valuable.

Memorabilia that was once signed by Clapton also drives up the value of the item as well.

Restoration of instruments that were once owned or used by Clapton is only recommended if there is noticeable damage.

For more information regarding where to find Clapton memorabilia, visit www.wolfgangsvault.com/eric-clapton/memorabilia or www.ericclapton.com

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