Eric Clapton, founding guitarist of Cream, is auctioning two guitars from his personal collection in support of the Crossroads Centre, a rehabilitation centre for alcohol and drug addiction in Antigua.
The centre was founded by Clapton in 1998, alongside Richard Conte, CEO of the Priory Hospitals group. Since its foundation, the centre has been supported by the regular Crossroads Festival, organised by Clapton.
The auction coincides with this year’s festival, which was held in Dallas, Texas. Its lineup included Billy Gibbons, Gary Clark Jr, Sheryl Crow and many others. It also featured the Guitar Center Village, with interactive exhibits, clinics, and a range of rare and vintage guitars for sale.
The guitars being auctioned are the No.3 prototype for the Gibson Custom Eric Clapton 1964 Firebird I, and a Fender Custom Shop Eric Clapton Blind Faith Telecaster, built by Todd Krause.
The Firebird is a precise replica (down to the case and the strap) of the guitar Clapton used on Cream’s farewell tour in 1968, while the Blind Faith Telecaster, as its name suggests, is a replica of the Tele Clapton played with Blind Faith at Hyde Park in 1969. At time of writing, the top bid for the Firebird has reached $26,100, and the top bid for the Telecaster is $22,800. The auction has also raised $3,555 in direct donations to the centre.