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Eric Clapton guitar expected to fetch £10,000 at auction

Auctioneers believe the strings on the instrument date back to when it was owned by the music star.

A guitar owned by rock star Eric Clapton – complete with a cigarette burn on the headstock – is expected to fetch up to £10,000.

The guitar, a 1978 Guild D55NT natural-wood acoustic, will be auctioned at Gardiner Houlgate auctions in Corsham, Wiltshire, next month.

It was owned by the acclaimed musician between 1978 and 1999, until he sold it at a charity auction in New York to raise money for his Crossroads drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre.

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Auctioneers say the guitar appears to have the same strings as when Clapton owned it, as they are tied off in the same style as his long-time guitar technician Lee Dickson.

Clapton used to hang a lit cigarette off the end of his guitar’s headstock.

According to records supplied with the instrument, the rock star owned and used the guitar for writing and recording.

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Auctioneer Luke Hobbs said: “To have a guitar owned and played by Eric Clapton is a lifetime’s ambition for many collectors.

“These don’t come on the market very often, but when they do they’re snapped up.

“We’re expecting interest from all round the world.”

Mr Hobbs said the cigarette burn would add to the appeal.

“It’s just a small scorch mark on the headstock, but for a Clapton fan it’s enough to send shivers up your spine,” he said.

The guitar is being sold by a private collector and is expected to fetch between £7,000 and £10,000.

It will be sold alongside more than 300 other guitars, rock’n’roll memorabilia, sound equipment and guitar accessories.

Other lots in the March 8 sale include a Gibson Les Paul guitar signed by all members of Kasabian, and a vinyl album sleeve for Axis: Bold As Love signed by Jimi Hendrix.

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