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Clapton Raises Money To Fight Addiction

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Lately, we hear a lot about the outrageous behavior of celebrities like  Charlie Sheen, Lindsay Lohan, et al.  Here’s the “other  side of the coin.”

(AFP) – Rock legend Eric Clapton parted with 70 of his guitars in a charity auction that drew hundreds of fans and aficionados, and broke sale estimates.

Clapton’s 1948 Gibson hollow body guitar on Wednesday brought in $83,000, making it the most expensive item in the auction. Its estimated value stood at $30,000.

Most items sold for much higher than estimated by Bonhams auction house.

The auction included numerous Fender Stratocaster guitars, which the legendary British guitarist is so closely associated with, including a black model he used during the Cream Reunion concerts at the Royal Albert Hall in London and New York’s Madison Square Garden in 2005.

Clapton’s signature Stratocaster sold for $51,000 in the auction, which was carried out simultaneously in New York, Los Angeles, London and online.

Proceeds will go to the Crossroads Center in Antigua, a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center which Clapton, himself a recovered alcoholic and former heroin addict, founded in 1998.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20110310/en_afp/entertainmentusbritainmusicpeopleclaptonauction_20110310081148

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