Ed Driscoll

BLACKIE: Got a spare $150,000

BLACKIE: Got a spare $150,000 or so under the mattress? Then one of Eric Clapton’s most famous guitars could be yours. (In 1985 I bought my first Fender Stratocaster–which I still own–a black 1957 reissue with a maple fretboard. Guess which guitar I was trying to copy?)

Incidentally, “Brownie”, Blackie’s sister is on display at Paul Allen’s EMP Museum in Seattle. It was the guitar featured on the title song and back cover of this album. Consequently, it sold (presumably to Allen or an intermediary) during a previous auction for $497,000.

UPDATE: If you decide to take a second or third mortage out to bid on the axe, you might want to avoid Green Point Mortgage