Wow, Thursday night saw Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour auctioning off 126 of his guitars in New York, and all for charity. Cool huh? Well, check out the numbers, his 126 guitars commanded a record-breaking $21 million which will help go towards the fight against climate change.
Lasting eight hours, bidders from 66 countries around the world were in attendance and calling in said British auction house Christies, which handled the sales.
“The Black Strat,” a 1969 Fender Stratocaster which Gilmour used to record Pink Floyd albums “The Dark Side of the Moon,” “Wish You Were Here” and “The Wall,” sold for $3,975,000 — a new world record for a guitar at an auction.
The David Gilmour Guitar Collection totaled US$21,490,750, with all the proceeds benefiting @ClientEarth. Thank you to all the fans today for an incredible 8-hour auction with bidders from 66 countries around the world! https://t.co/zHpdOCP6TU pic.twitter.com/aQDSHFyFZU
— Christie's (@ChristiesInc) June 20, 2019
Gilmour’s red 1984 Fender Stratocaster was auctioned for $615,000, and was purchased by the guitarist in May 1970 to replace his first black Stratocaster, which he had purchased only six weeks earlier. That black Strat was stolen in New Orleans while he was on tour. The replacement Stratocaster had a maple neck instead of a rosewood neck, and over the years Gilmour made several modifications to the guitar.
Also sold on Thursday night was Gilmour’s rare 1958 Gretsch White Penguin, which was sold for $447,000, a new auction record for a Gretsch.
Gilmour explained to Rolling Stone: “You know something? For me, I can let go of it,” adding: “It’s going to bring a lot of people to have a look at this sale, and it’s going to do that job. It’s a lovely guitar. … I did my ‘Comfortably Numb’ solo on it. The notes for the beginning of ‘Shine On You Crazy Diamond’ fell out of it one day.”
The Gretsch ended up with Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay, he went on to tweet about the instrument’s history and how honored he was to bring the piece to the public.
“The choice really is that simple, and I hope that the sale of these guitars will help ClientEarth in their cause to use the law to bring about real change,” he explained on Twitter.
You can check out the entire collection here in 3D.
The incomparable David Gilmour.. the greatest “phrasing” guitarist in the world!! Honored to bring The Black Strat to the public. The most expensive guitar EVER purchased. And for charity!!!
— Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) June 20, 2019