Eric Clapton sold his Fender Stratocaster guitar at an auction to pay medical bills of a famous musician who lives in Texas.
On July 23, The Heritage Auction in Dallas released a statement about the highest bid for the Fender Stratocaster of Eric Clapton through telephone. Eric Bradley, Heritage spokesman says the bidder requested anonymity and the bid was more than twice what was expected.
The auctioned item was one of the guitars Eric Clapton used during his last year concert entitled, “Slowhand at 70” which was held in London’s Royal Albert Hall.
The guitar was sold for $45,000, Billboard reported. The said amount will help Johnny Nicholas cover the medical bills of his late wife’s leukemia treatment. The fund from the guitar of Eric Clapton will also support the leukemia research.
On the other hand, Johnny Nicholas is an American-blues musician and former member of the 9th time Grammy Award winning band, Asleep at the Wheel. Nicholas started playing for the band in 1978, when he was asked to perform with them. He is also known as Guitar Johnny; he can also play piano, mandolin and harmonica.
Johnny Nicholas worked with Bona Dea Music, and Top Cat Records. The latter released his three studio albums and three live albums.
Meanwhile, Eric Clapton is one of the most prominent and influential guitarists of all time. He is also a former member of a 1960’s band, The Yardbirds and Cream. The band was formed by Clapton with Ginger Baker on drums and Jack Bruce on bass guitar.
In 1991, Eric Clapton expressed his grief with the song Tears in Heaven which is about the death of his son, Conor. Many achievements were given to the artist including 18 Grammy Awards and Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music.