Eric Clapton to sell song awards

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Several certificates celebrating the hit songs of musician Eric Clapton will be offered by Bonhams at the Entertainment Memorabilia sale at Bonhams Knightsbridge on 29 June 2016.

The certificates, offered directly from the singer, were presented to Clapton from BMI (Broadcast Music Inc.), and include a certificate of achievement for more than eight million broadcast performances of ‘Layla’, and a further certificate for eight million performances of ‘Wonderful Tonight’. Each is estimated at £2,000-3,000.

‘Layla’ initially launched to limited success, but the song later achieved critical acclaim, joining Rolling Stone’s list of ‘The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time”. The acoustic version later won the 1993 Grammy Award for Best Rock Song.

Eric Clapton said of the sale: “The beneficiary of the sale items is the Crossroads Centre in Antigua, which opened in 1998 and which I am happy to say continues to flourish. But, we do always need an influx of funds to help continue the good work being done out there, so I am happy to use this opportunity to help Crossroads in its ongoing mission”.

The Crossroads Centre, founded by Clapton in 1998, aids the treatment of drug and alcohol addition in and around the Caribbean.

The lots offered from Eric Clapton include:

  • Lot 150: A Special Citation of Achievement certificate presented by the BMI to Eric Clapton, for ‘Layla’, estimate £1,000-1,500
  • Lot 151: A Special Citation of Achievement certificate presented by the BMI to Eric Clapton, for ‘Layla’, estimate £2,000-3,000
  • Lot 152: A Special Citation of Achievement certificate presented by the BMI to Eric Clapton, for ‘Lay Down Sally’, estimate £1,000-1,500
  • Lot 153: A Special Citation of Achievement certificate presented by the BMI to Eric Clapton, for ‘Wonderful Tonight’, estimate £2,000-3,000
  • Lot 154: A Special Citation of Achievement certificate presented by the BMI to Eric Clapton, for ‘Wonderful Tonight’, estimate £1,000-1,500
  • Lot 155: A Special Citation of Achievement certificate presented by the BMI to Eric Clapton, for ‘Tears Heaven’, estimate £1,000-1,500

Katherine Schofield, Bonhams Head of Entertainment Memorabilia, said: “It is an honour to include this collection and to assist in raising funds for such a worthwhile cause. Certificates and awards are extremely collectible; they are an excellent memento for fans of Eric Clapton as a tangible celebration of some of his greatest achievements.”

Bonhams is one of the largest international auction houses to hold auctions of entertainment memorabilia. In 2016, five entertainment memorabilia sales will be held by Bonhams: New York (13 June, 21 November), London (29 June, 15 December) and LA (22 March).

Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world’s largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. Today, the auction house offers more sales than any of its rivals. The main salerooms are in London, New York and Hong Kong. Sales are also held in the UK in Knightsbridge and Edinburgh; in the US, in San Francisco and Los Angeles; in Europe, in Paris and Stuttgart and in Sydney, Australia. Bonhams also has a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 25 countries offering sales advice and valuation services in 60 specialist areas. For a full listing of forthcoming sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments, please visit bonhams.com.

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