Eric Clapton's guitar may fetch $2 million in auction

An upcoming auction in Nashville is set to feature a historic guitar that belonged to British guitarist Eric Clapton. Known as The Fool, the 1964 Gibson SG electric guitar is expected to fetch between $1 million and $2 million, potentially ranking as one of the most expensive guitars ever sold. The instrument gets its name from the distinctive psychedelic painted design created by the Dutch art collective of the same name. It is considered one of the most important guitars in rock 'n' roll history.

During the 1960s, Eric Clapton used The Fool on many of Cream's recordings, making it highly significant to fans of rock music. It was his preferred guitar during Cream's American debut in March 1967. After Cream broke up, the guitar was given to former Beatle George Harrison, but it didn't stay in his possession for long. It passed through the hands of singer-songwriter Jackie Lomax and Todd Rundgren before being auctioned off and entering private collections.

The upcoming auction, organized by Julien's Auctions and titled Played, Worn & Torn: Rock ā€˜nā€™ Roll Iconic Guitars and Memorabilia, has garnered attention from rock enthusiasts and collectors worldwide. Alongside The Fool, the auction will also feature items such as one of Kurt Cobain's guitars, which could fetch a similar price. Additionally, collectors can expect special offerings from other renowned musicians like Bono, Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley, Janis Joplin, John Lennon, Johnny Cash, and Prince.

The sale of The Fool and other iconic guitars and memorabilia underscores the enduring allure of rock 'n' roll history. The auction provides an opportunity for fans and collectors to own a piece of music history and preserve it for future generations. The event is eagerly anticipated by enthusiasts who recognize the significance of these items and the impact they have had on the world of music.


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