“A one-of-a-kind collectible of immense cultural significance”: Eric Clapton was moved to tears when he sold the Martin 000-28 he used to write Wonderful Tonight – now it’s headed to auction again

Eric Clapton playing his 1974 Martin 000-28 acoustic guitar onstage in 1977 at the Hammersmith Odeon, London
(Image credit: Ian Dickson / Redferns / Getty Images)

A Martin acoustic guitar that formerly belonged to Eric Clapton and was famously used to write Wonderful Tonight is going up for auction at Bonham’s London on June 12. 

The 1974 Martin 000-28 was previously sold at auction by Clapton in 1999 to raise money for his Crossroads Center charity and has remained with the current owner since that point. 

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Matt Parker
Features Editor, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is Features Editor for GuitarWorld.com. Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar, NME.com, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched CreativeMoney.co.uk, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.