By Tim Staskiewicz
There were only seven bids for an autographed Eric Clapton guitar over the weekend, but they added up quick, and the proceeds are going to a good cause.
Noted blues musician and former Asleep at the Wheel guitarist, Johnny Nicholas put the Clapton owned, played, and signed 2014 Fender Stratocaster up for auction with Dallas-based Heritage Auctions this month.
According to the description, Clapton offered the guitar to Nicholas to help raise funds for Nicholas’ wife, Brenda who was diagnosed with Leukemia. Sadly, Brenda passed away from the disease last month.
Clapton, who became friends with Nicholas during the guitarist’s time with Asleep at the Wheel, gave him one of the two Stratocasters that was played during Clapton’s 70th birthday concert at the Royal Albert Hall last year.
Masterbuilt Strat was built by Todd Krause for Eric Clapton in 2014, and fetched $45,000 at auction. The proceeds will go towards paying Brenda Nicholas’ outstanding medical bills as well as Leukemia research.