Eric Clapton’s Custom Shop Stratocaster, heard on Slowhand At 70, hits the auction block

It comes with a signed letter of provenance from Clapton himself.

Eric Clapton with his Fender Custom Shop Stratocaster

Image: Iconic Auctions

The Fender Custom Shop Stratocaster which Eric Clapton played on his 70th birthday celebration tour has gone under the hammer.

According to Iconic Auctions, the Sunburst Stratocaster was assembled “specifically under the technical guidance of Clapton himself” and can be heard in action on Slowhand At 70, the 2015 live album of the guitarist’s birthday tour taped at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

Accompanying the guitar will be a letter of provenance signed by Clapton himself, along with a photograph of the blues-rock icon posing with the guitar in his home.

The auction for the guitar is underway now and will close on 15 May. At press time, it has a bid of $32,211.

This isn’t the first time one of Clapton’s Stratocasters has hit the auction block. Back in November 2020, his 1954 Sunburst Fender Stratocaster – nicknamed Slowhand – went up for auction with a starting bid of $1 million. But despite the guitar’s cultural and historical significance, not a single bid was placed on it.

Some other listings at Iconic’s May event include handwritten lyrics to Bob Dylan’s Blowin’ In The Wind signed by the folk legend himself, as well as an S-type guitar signed by all three members of Nirvana.

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