Eric Clapton’s “The Idiot” guitar turns into one of the vital costly ever at public sale


One in every of Eric Clapton‘s iconic guitars – named “The Idiot” – has change into one of the vital costly guitars ever at public sale.

On Thursday, November 16, the musician’s 1964 custom-painted psychedelic Gibson SG was bought for $1.27 million (£1.03 million) at Julien’s Auctions. The six-string instrument was bought as a part of the three-day music public sale occasion “Performed, Worn and Torn: Rock N’ Roll Iconic Guitars and Memorabilia” on the Arduous Rock Café in Nashville.

Per Guitar World, the guitar is identical ’64 SG that Clapton performed when he and his Cream bandmates have been creating their second LP, ‘Disraeli Gears’. The six-string was painted by the Dutch artwork collective from whom the SG obtained its title. It turned an influential emblem of the psychedelic period in addition to a  image of the Summer time of Love in 1967.

Martin Nolan, Executive Director, Chief Financial Officer, and a principal of Julien's Auctions shows Eric Clapton's Fool guitar during the media preview for Julien's "Played, worn, torn rock'n'roll iconic guitars and memorabilia" in Gardena, California, on October 10, 2023. (Photo by VALERIE MACON / AFP) (Photo by VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty Images)
Martin Nolan, Govt Director, Chief Monetary Officer, and a principal of Julien’s Auctions reveals Eric Clapton’s Idiot guitar throughout the media preview for Julien’s “Performed, worn, torn rock’n’roll iconic guitars and memorabilia” in Gardena, California, on October 10, 2023. (Photograph by VALERIE MACON / AFP) (Photograph by VALERIE MACON/AFP by way of Getty Photographs)

In response to Planet Rock, Clapton gifted the guitar to George Harrison following the disbandment of Cream. Harrison then handed it right down to Jackie Lomax. It was additionally owned by Todd Rundgren within the 70s and 80s who gave it the nickname “Sunny” after Cream’s observe ‘Sunshine of Your Love’, till he bought it at public sale in 2000.

A portion of the proceeds of “The Idiot” guitar will go in direction of Kicking The Stigma, The Indianapolis Colts and Irsay Household’s psychological well being consciousness initiative.

Talking concerning the instrument, Darren Julien, President/Chief Govt Officer of Julien’s Auctions stated: “Eric Clapton’s The Idiot, one of the vital necessary guitars in all of rock music historical past has made historical past as soon as once more tonight at our public sale.”

He continued: “To have this legendary guitar that created and outlined the basic rock sound that’s an artwork masterpiece and image of the psychedelic ‘Summer time of Love’ period go to Jim Irsay’s famend memorabilia assortment is one other nice privilege and hallmark of my profession and a spotlight of Julien’s Auctions twenty-year anniversary celebration this 12 months.”

Studio still life of a 1963 Gibson SG Les Paul Standard guitar owned by Eric Clapton and painted by The Fool, photographed in the United Kingdom. (Photo by Nigel Osbourne/Redferns)
Studio nonetheless lifetime of a 1963 Gibson SG Les Paul Commonplace guitar owned by Eric Clapton and painted by The Idiot, photographed in the UK. (Photograph by Nigel Osbourne/Redferns)

In different Eric Clapton information, again in September, the musician helped elevate thousands and thousands of {dollars} for the Presidential marketing campaign of controversial Democratic candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

At a personal fundraising occasion in Brentwood earlier this week, rock icons Eric Clapton and Stephen Stills helped Kennedy elevate thousands and thousands for his marketing campaign.

In response to a report by The Hollywood Reporter, Clapton carried out along with his band on the fundraiser and helped elevate a complete quantity of $2.3million (£1.85million).

Of this quantity, $1million (£805,000) went to learn Kennedy’s marketing campaign, whereas the remaining $1.3million (£1.05million) went to a political motion committee (PAC), which helps Kennedy Jr.’s candidacy.


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