David Gilmour's Stratocaster Sells for a Record-Breaking $3,975,000 at Auction!
Not too long ago, musical legend David Gilmour announced that he will donate money raised from the sale of his collection of classic guitars to ClientEarth, supporting efforts to fight the climate crisis. The auction of the Pink Floyd guitarist’s collection took place on the 20th June at Christie’s in New York and included more than 120 guitars. Among them was "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," selling for an astounding $3,975,000, a new world record for a guitar at an auction!
As the story goes, Gilmour bought the guitar in May 1970 to replace his first black Stratocaster, which had been purchased only six weeks earlier, but was stolen in New Orleans on tour along with the rest of Pink Floyd's equipment. The guitar was purchased new at Manny's, differing from his original by way of a Maple neck instead of a Rosewood neck.
David Gilmour's Martin D-35 & D-12-28 Acoustic Guitars
Other notable mentions from the auction included a Martin D-35 and D12-28 12-string. Immortalized for its part in legendary Pink Floyd tracks 'Wish You Were Here' and Shine on You Crazy Diamond, Gilmour’s Martin D-35 was estimated to go for $10,000-20,000, while it actually sold for $1,095,000, a new world auction record for a C.F. Martin guitar. A D12-28 12-string guitar, which was used to compose the opening riff on 'Wish You Were Here' was estimated to go for $5,000-10,000, and actually selling for $531,000.
David Gilmour's Gretsch White Penguin G6134 Guitar
Lastly, a Gretsch White Penguin G6134, purchased by Gilmour in 1980, and selling at the auction for $447,000, a new auction record for a Gretsch. Of the 126 lots, a total of $21,490,750 was raised from the auction, the most valuable musical instruments sale in auction history.
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