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Eric Clapton's guitars sell for $2.15 million

Eric Clapton performing at Crossroads event. Kiichiro Sato

(CBS/AP) Talk about Blues Power. Some of the guitars  on which rock legend  Eric Clapton may  have  played  that song brought in a pretty penny at auction in New York.

A Clapton auction on Wednesday at Bonhams New York included 75 guitars and 55 amps, with a total sale of $2.15 million.

Proceeds from the auction were to benefit a drug and alcohol treatment center Clapton founded in the West Indies.

The 65-year-old British Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is a recovered addict who established the nonprofit Crossroads Centre in Antigua in 1998.

His 1948 Gibson L-5P sold for $82,960, well above its initial price of $20,000. A replica of this guitar, complete with cigarette burns and belt buckle scratches, sold for $30,500.

An original custom-made black Fender "Eric Clapton" signature Stratocaster also sold for much higher than the presale estimate of $20,000. The prized possession sold for $51,240, including the buyer's premium. It had been used during the Cream Reunion Shows in New York and London in 2005.

The most expensive guitar to be sold at an auction, according to Bonhams' expert Carey Wallace, is Clapton's "Blackie" that sold for $959,500 at Christie's in 2005.

The amp with the largest sale price was a pair of 1997 Fender Twin Amps, estimated at $9,000 to $12,000. They sold for a booming $42,700.

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