A 2014 Fender Custom Shop Stratocaster, owned and played onstage extensively by Eric Clapton, has sold at auction for $220,308.
The Fender Custom Shop model – built to Clapton's specifications and put up for sale by Iconic Auctions – was used as one of the primary guitars during his 2014 world tour and the 2015 Royal Albert Hall performance that was recorded for the live album Slowhand at 70.
The guitar features a maple neck and fretboard, a sunburst finish, and three single-coil pickups with a typical Strat control layout.
The guitar was also sold with a Clapton-signed letter of authenticity that reads “I am writing to confirm that I own and have played the following guitar: Fender EC Custom Strat: serial number CZ524493," plus a letter of authenticity from Beckett Authentication Services.
In addition to the letters of authenticity, a number of photographs and videos also confirm the guitar's provenance.
For more info on the guitar, stop by iconicauctions.com.
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