Guitar man sells art collection

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Rock guitarist Eric Clapton added pounds 419,665 to his multi-million pound fortune yesterday after selling part of his collection of modern art.

All 32 lots in the collection, which included drawings by Degas and Matisse, successfully went under the hammer at Christie's in London. Modern art enthusiasts, as well as fans of the guitar genius, who won fame with the Yardbirds and Cream in the Sixties, packed the saleroom of the King Street auction house.

The success of the sale was apparent with the first lot - Sandro Chia's Meditation doubled its expected sale price within minutes, going for for pounds 87,300.