by Tom Beaujour
Now let me start out by saying that I am not a miser. We’ve all gotten the bug once or twice in our lives and paid too much for something because we absolutely had to have it—and were afraid that if we let it slip away, our lives would be forever incomplete due to the absence of an object that was once within our grasp.
I also fully comprehend that the ultimate goal of a charity auction like last week’s Eric Clapton Sale of Guitar and Amps In Aid of the Crossroads Center hosted by the auction house Bonham’s is to raise money for a good cause, and that therefore, the more you bid, the more you give.
Still, I can’t get over the fact that at last week’s, a Danelectro Honeytone HT50 amp fetched no less than $4,880 dollars. Now these little Danelectros are cool practice amps, and for the money, they’re quite a good buy. Of course, when I say “for the money” I mean 100 bucks. At just shy of 5 grand… not so much
But again, I know I’m missing the point. The success of the auction was a testament to the massive impact that Clapton’s artistry on so many music lovers. I can’t think of another guitarist who could multiply the value of something 50 fold by having it collect dust in a storage unit for a decade… or for that matter of an artist who puts the irrational fervor of his most wealthy fans to better use.