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Eric Clapton Guitars Slated For NYC Auction Block

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FILE - In this  June 26, 2010 file photo, Eric Clapton performs during the Crossroads Guitar Festival in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File)

FILE – In this June 26, 2010 file photo, Eric Clapton performs during the Crossroads Guitar Festival in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File)

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880/AP) – Eric Clapton is parting with dozens of guitars and amps at a New York City auction to benefit an alcohol and drug treatment center he founded in Antigua.

New York-Bonhams will offer the 70 guitars and 70 amps next Wednesday.

An auction organizer said the amps will help you get that authentic Clapton sound, WCBS 880’s Paul Murnane reports

Among the highlights is a custom-made black Fender ‘Eric Clapton’ signature Stratocaster, estimated at $20,000 to $30,000. It was used during the “Cream Reunion Shows” in New York and London in 2005.

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Clapton memorabilia up for auction at Bonhams in Manhattan (Photo/Paul Murnane)

A pair of 1970 Marshall vintage basket weave speaker cabinets are expected to fetch $8,000-$10,000.

The 65-year-old rock Hall of Famer is a recovered addict who established the non-profit Crossroads Centre in West Indies in 1998.

This is the first time the guitar legend is offering up his amplifiers, so it’s a rare chance for fans to plug in as Clapton did.

“If you want to get the sound of Eric Clapton you can’t necessarily play with him but using the amp you’re more likely to get that sound,” auction organizer Kelly Wallace told WCBS 880’s Paul Murnane.

The British artist’s famous love song “Layla” was released in 1970 when he appeared with blues-rock band Derek and The Dominos.

What’s your favorite Clapton song? Will you be checking out the auction? Comment below…

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