24 June 1999
A c.1930 Gibson L-4
with internal number 199A, in sunburst finish, mahogany body, spruce top with round soundhole, mahogany neck, nineteen-fret bound ebony fingerboard with dot inlays, headstock face with pointed motif inlay, wooden bridge, metal tailpiece and black pickguard; and a black hardshell contour case with burgundy velvet lining and Lee Dickson's handwritten tie-on label Gibson L4 99A and adhesive paper label similarly inscribed
The Gibson L-4 was introduced in 1912.
Eric Clapton remarked that this Gibson is "Important" and "very personal" to him. He has owned this guitar for a long time - at least twenty years. He said that he particularly loves it's sound and the look of it - its cello shape and round soundhole. Clapton kept this guitar for writing and playing on at home, rather than as a studio or road guitar.
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Offered to benefit a new scholarship initiative from Bennington College, this work distils the unique form of abstraction for which the artist would become famous
Ahead of the sale of portraits of four different muses, we focus on the women the artist came to depend on so passionately