“Owned by, played by, signed by and designed by some of the brightest lights in rock ‘n’ roll”: Eric Clapton launches 25th anniversary Crossroads Festival auction – and it includes some serious instruments

A collection of guitars from the Eric Clapton Crossroads Centre guitar auction
(Image credit: Heritage Auctions)

Earlier this year, Eric Clapton assembled a huge legion of electric guitar and acoustic guitar heroes for the 2023 Crossroads Guitar Festival – a six-string celebration that also served as the 25th anniversary of the event.

To celebrate that fact – and to raise funds for the charitable foundation that the Crossroads Festival serves – Slowhand has now teamed up with Heritage Auctions for an all-star guitar auction.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.