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Tuesday, 26 September, 2000, 13:16 GMT 14:16 UK
Clapton guitar for sale
Eric Clapton
Clapton and a collection of his valuable guitars
Pop memorabilia from Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix and Bob Dylan are going under the hammer at Christie's auction house in London.

A 1958 Gibson guitar, bought by Eric Clapton in 1968, is up for sale at Tuesday's event although it is unlikely to match the 313,000 world record price his guitar Brownie fetched last year.

The guitar is expected to fetch up to 40,000 and the proceeds will go to the Isabel Hospice, in memory of blues guitarist Paul Kossoff.

Jim Hendrix's lyrics for Crosstown Traffic
Jim Hendrix's lyrics are worth up to 25,000

Also for sale is a rare draft of working lyrics written by Jimi Hendrix for the song Crosstown Traffic and is expected to fetch up to 25,000.

The lyrics comprise 32 lines written on two lined, yellow pages.

Lyrics for the song Absolutely Sweet Marie, written by Bob Dylan in 1966, are also on offer.

The auction is expected to raise up to 350,000 in total, with items connected to The Beatles, Elvis Presley, the Spice Girls and the Sex Pistols.

A contract signed between the British punks and A&M recordings outside Buckingham Palace, and on the eve of the release of the single God Save the Queen, is predicted to fetch between 3,000 and 5,000.

Three "very rare musicians receipts" for The Beatles' performances at the Top Ten Club, Hamburg, during a 13-week tour in 1961 are expected to fetch 10,000 to 15,000 each.

The receipts are signed by the band members, including Stuart Sutcliffe and guitarist Tony Sheridan, and show they were paid DM245 for the tour.

Also under the hammer, together with their estimated auction price, are:

  • Early concert poster for The Beatles, Roy Orbison and Buddy Holly at the Gaumont (3,500 to 3,500)

  • Studio tape of a David Bowie recording, Star (1,000 to 1,500)

  • Elac Miraphon record player signed by Elvis Presley (3,500 to 5,000)

  • Video footage of the Rolling Stones at the Marquee club in 1971 (3,000 to 5,000)

  • 1952 Gibson Le Paul guitar played by Clapton (8,000 to 10,000)

  • Noel Gallagher's Epiphone electric guitar (2,500 to 3,500)

  • John Entwistle's 1979 Wal Pro custom bass guitar (1,000 to 1,500)

  • Takamine acoustic guitar signed by Pete Townsend (6,000)

  • Spice Girls cinema poster signed by the singers (200 to 300)
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