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The money raised by the auction, which took place at New York's Bonhams auction house on March 9, will go to The Crossroads Centre, the rehab clinic Clapton co-founded in 1998 on the Caribbean island of Antigua, BBC News reports.
Alongside the wide selection of guitars on offer were 55 amplifiers and a Versace suit worn by Clapton for a 1990 performance at London's Royal Albert Hall. But, as expected, it was the guitars which took centre stage.
The star of the sale was a 1948 Gibson hollow body which at $83,000 (£51,500) exceeded the estimated value by $53,000 (£32,900). Another notable sale came in the shape of a replica of Clapton's famous Fender Stratocaster, referred to as 'Blackie,' which went for over $30,000 (£18,600) -- the original sold for just under $1m (£619,800) in 2004.
While the bulk of the 138 lots came courtesy of Clapton, the sale also included notable donations by Jeff Beck, J.J. Cale and Joe Bonamassa.