Rock god Eric Clapton will auction off 56 of his most prized guitars tomorrow at Christie's in New York to raise money for a new drug treatment center in Antigua and Barbuda. Specifically, proceeds will go to cover the construction costs of the recently completed Bevon House, a 16-bed center for recovering patients that will act as an extension of the Crossroads rehab facility. Back in 1999, Clapton auctioned off a number of guitars in order to raise money for the original Crossroads Center. The guitars going to the auction block tomorrow, however, are described by the rock legend as "the cream of my collection." (Get it? Cream?) They are the ones he didn't want to give away the first time around. "I kept them back from the first auction because I seriously couldn't consider parting with them at that point," Clapton said in the statement.
The new complex is located about one mile from the capital of St. John's and is a place for recovering addicts to hear lectures, receive counseling, and get assistance with job searches. Addicts must first complete a 29-day treatment at Crossroads before being eligible to move to the Bevon House.