“The most expensive Clapton guitar ever sold at auction”: Eric Clapton’s iconic ‘Fool’ Gibson SG just sold for more than $1,000,000 – and it was bought by a world-renowned guitar collector

Eric Clapton and his 'The Fool' Gibson SG
(Image credit: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images / Julien's Auctions)

Last month, it was announced that one of Eric Clapton’s most iconic electric guitars – ‘The Fool’ Gibson SGhad been found, and it would be going under the hammer via Julien's Auctions.

Given its mythical status in six-string lore, most people expected the Cream-era double-cut to sell for a rather princely sum, and now it has been confirmed the guitar eventually broke the $1,000,000 barrier in what turned out to be a record-breaking sale.

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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.