Fourteen years since its sale to a private bidder, one of acclaimed guitarist Eric Clapton's prized black Fender Stratocasters is being represented by the San Francisco Art Exchange - for a minimum offer of $325,000.
Clapton originally sold the guitar, the 'heir' to his coveted guitar 'Blackie', back in 2004 through a Christie's auction. Blackie accompanied Clapton for more than 15 years, heard by countless guitar fans around the world.
Clapton used the guitar when a reunited Cream was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993, throughout the 24 Nights performances at London's Royal Albert Hall in 1990 and 1991, when touring in Japan with George Harrison in 1991, and used it to play Bob Dylan’s 'Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright' during the the folk legend's 30th Anniversary Tribute Concert at Madison Square Garden in 1992.
Designed to replace Blackie after its 'retirement', the heir Strat was created almost entirely in the original’s image and became the guitarist's go-to instrument through 1993. The guitar saw a bid of $200,000; however, when the bidder couldn't follow through, Clapton personally called the second-highest bidder to offer them the hallowed instrument. The original Blackie sold at the same auction for a then record-shattering price of $959,500.
Although not an auction in the strictest sense - potential buyers can submit an offer below the minimum $325,000 in the event an acceptable offer is not received - the 'heir to Blackie' is expected to sell within the $500,000 to $600,000 zone by some estimates. An icon of music history, the guitar is at the gallery and can be previewed as an opportunity for interested parties to make an offer impossible to turn down.
Head over to the San Francisco Art Exchange for more details.
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