Yesterday, June 20th, David Gilmour of Pink Floyd auctioned off 127 guitars from his collection, raising a total of $21,490,750. The auction, which took place at Christie’s in New York, set several world records for sales of guitars.
Among the most famous of all his guitars is, “Black Strat,” the 1969 Fender Stratocaster that he used on every Pink Floyd album from ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’ until ‘The Final Cut.’ It sold for $3.975 million, which Christie’s says is the highest price a guitar has sold for at an auction.
Two other guitars broke the million-dollar mark: a 1954 pre-production white Strat ($1,815 million) and a 1969 Martin D-35 acoustic on which Gilmour has said that he’s written the most songs. Its sale price — $1.095 million — bests the previous record for a Martin, which was $791,500 for a 1939 OO0-42 that had belonged to Eric Clapton. Another Martin acoustic, a D-12 28 12-string that was used on “Wish You Were Here” and “Hey You,” went for $531,000.
The auction also set a new record for a price of a Gibson Les Paul: 1955 gold top on which Gilmour played the solo for “Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2.” It sold for $447,000. His 1984 candy apple red Strat that was his main guitar between 1988 and 2005 raised $615,000.
Gilmour is donating all the proceeds from the auction to ClientEarth, a global organization that defines itself as “a charity that uses the power of the law to protect the planet and the people who live on it. We are lawyers and environmental experts who are fighting against climate change and to protect nature and the environment.”
Gilmour said, “The global climate crisis is the greatest challenge that humanity will ever face, and we are within a few years of the effects of global warming being irreversible. I hope that the sale of these guitars will help ClientEarth in their cause to use the law to bring about real change. We need a civilized world that goes on for all our grandchildren and beyond in which these guitars can be played and songs can be sung.”