People Staff
February 12, 1999 12:00 AM

Eric Clapton parted with 100 stringed beauties Thursday, including a beloved 1956 sunburst Fender guitar he called “Brownie” that went for a record $497,500 at a charity auction. In all, the Christie’s New York sale generated $5 million for a Caribbean drug and alcohol clinic the rocker founded in 1997. The amount paid for Brownie — by an unidentified telephone bidder — surpassed the previous record paid at auction for a guitar ($320,000 for one owned by Jimi Hendrix). “I can’t believe it. I am totally overwhelmed,” Clapton said after the sale.

  • Michael J. Fox, bidding by telephone, bought a 1949 Gibson-125 for $36,800 and a circa 1930s National Duolian for $42,500. Other buyers included Seattle music executive Michael Malone and one of the Hard Rock Hotels.

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