ArtBeat: Eric Clapton, Guitar God & Mighty Shrewd Art Investor

October 24th, 2012, 2:00 pm by Greg
Gerhard Richter: Abstraktes Bild (809-4)

Gerhard Richter: Abstraktes Bild (809-4)

Story and photograph by Martin Benjamin

Ever wonder what else old slow-hand was up to around the time he played the then “Pepsi Arena” in Albany back on June 16, 2001? Well, it seems as though he wasn’t too slow in raising the paddle to buy an artwork that was auctioned at over $1 million.

Apparently, Eric Clapton purchased the Gerhard Richter painting, “Abstraktes Bild (809-4),” at Sotheby’s New York auction house in 2001 for somewhat over one million dollars.

That was then, this is now…

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