Eric Clapton drug centre to win Leica M8 funds
Proceeds from the sale of the first Leica M8 camera ever made will be donated to the Crossroads Center in the Caribbean, said a spokesman for the Westlicht Photographica Auction in Vienna, Austria.
Auctioneers estimate that the 10.3-million-pixel camera will fetch up to €30,000 (around £24,000).
The auction house told us that a charity founded by Bob Geldof had initially been considered, but the German camera maker instead turned to Clapton who is described as a Leica camera ‘fanatic'.
Located in Antigua, the Crossroads Center is a 36-bed residential facility set up by Clapton in 1997.
On the centre’s website Clapton states: ‘As a recovering addict and alcoholic, many people over the years spoke to me about the problems associated with drug and alcohol abuse on the islands. Subsequently, around 1993, I began to speak with more and more people about the possibility of founding a centre on the island for the treatment of drug and alcohol addiction.’