The instrument recorded the highest price at an auction dedicated to rock legends, which totaled nearly $ 5 million, Julien’s Auctions announced.
Announced as the star roster of this sale, which took place at the Hard Rock Café in New York but also online, the acoustic guitar, a Martin D-45, used by Clapton in 1970 during the first live concert of his band Derek and The Dominos, was estimated between $ 300,000 and $ 500,000 by Julien’s.
The selling price, however, remains far below the record for a guitar, reached by the semi-acoustics played by Nirvana’s lead singer, Kurt Cobain, in the famous “MTV Unplugged” concert in 1993 ($ 6 million in 2020 at Julien’s Auction).
Eric Clapton sparked controversy at the start of the coronavirus pandemic after he launched anti-vaccine allegations and opposed the quarantine.
Other guitars sold include a 1976 Gibson Explorer of The Edge, used with the U2, awarded at $ 437,500, and a Fender Stratocaster played by Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour, sold for $ 200,000.