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Clapton guitar auctioned for $45,000

DALLAS – A guitar owned by British musician Eric Clapton has sold at auction for $45,000 and the proceeds will be used to pay the medical bills of a well-known Texas musician whose wife recently died of leukemia.

Heritage Auctions in Dallas said in a statement Saturday the high bid for the 2014 Fender Stratocaster electric guitar was telephoned. Heritage spokesman Eric Bradley said the bidder requested anonymity; the bid was more than twice what was expected.

It was one of two guitars Clapton played last year at his “Slowhand at 70” concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

Money from the auction will help Johnny Nicholas cover medical bills from his wife’s leukemia treatment and support leukemia research.

Nicholas is a member of the Grammy Award-winning band Asleep at the Wheel.

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