Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour Auctions 120 Guitars; Raises Over $21Million
David Gilmour’s guitar collection set several auction records when nearly 130 instruments went up for bid at Christie’s in New York on Thursday.
The former Pink Floyd frontman’s most iconic instrument, the so-called Black Strat, fetched $3,975,000, well above the estimated range of $100,000 to $150,000. It was Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay who pulled those strings:
Other big-ticket items included a 1954 Fender Stratocaster with the serial number 0001, which was used on the recording of “Another Brick in the Wall Part 2” went for over $1.8 million, a 1958 Gretsch White Penguin went for $447,000,and a 1955 Gibson Goldtop Les Paul, also used on “Another Brick” sold for $447,000.
Christie’s declared all to be “world auction records.”
A 1974 Electric Console steel guitar that Gilmour used on live performances of “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” went for $300,000 (it was estimated at $2,000).
The 1976 Ovation Custom Legend he used to demo “Comfortably Numb” on went for $399,000.
The guitar Gilmour played at Live Aid, a 1983 Fender Strat, went for $187,500.
And Gilmour’s primary guitar for recording and performing between 1988 and 2005, the “Red Strat,” went for $615,000.
The auction’s final total was $21,490,750.
It lasted eight hours, and bidders from 66 countries around the world participated.