The highly anticipated auction of David Gilmour’s personal guitar collection kicked off this morning in New York City. The guitar collection has already exceeded all estimations and is shattering records for auctioned instruments. Gilmour, who joined Pink Floyd in 1968, will donate all funds raised to climate change charity ClientEarth.
The Gilmour Guitar Collection
First up for auction was the 1969 Martin D-35 that Gilmour used on Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here. The guitar, which was estimated to go for $10,000 to 20,000, sold for $1,095,000 – Christie’s has stated that makes it the most valuable acoustic guitar ever sold.
Gilmour’s Candy Apple Red 1984 Fender Strat sold for an impressive $615,000, way higher than its $25,000 estimate. His super-rare 1958 Gretsch White Penguin went for a whopping $447,000. David Gilmour said of his collection:
“These guitars have served me very well. They’ve given me songs and tunes, but I thought it would be good for them to move on and create new music with different people. Hopefully, they’ll also raise a fair bit of money, which I plan donate to charity, and that will do some direct good in this world with all its difficulties.”
#0001 Fender Stratocaster
Gilmour’s famous white “#0001” Fender Stratocaster sold for $1,815,000 after a four-minute bidding war. According to Christie’s, this sets a new world auction record for a Stratocaster.
Gilmour used the white Fender Stratocaster on The Wall, most famously on that funky rhythm part on Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2). Commenting on what made the guitar special to him personally he said, “Some guitars make everyone sound the same. Others tend to emphasise the differences, which this one does.”
Gibson 1955 Les Paul Goldtop
Gilmour’s 1955 Gibson Les Paul Goldtop sold for $447,000, setting what Chritie’s say was a new world auction record for a Les Paul. Gilmour used it on The Wall tour for “Happiest Days of Our Lives,” “One of My Turns” and “Last Few Bricks”.
The famous 1969 Fender Black Strat just sold for $3,975,000 – a world record! Not bad for a guitar made out of various different parts, that was butchered, hacked and tinkered with all its life.
So who bought it?
Jim Irsay the Indianapolis Colts owner picked up three items at the David Gilmour Guitar Collection auction at Christie’s New York salesroom. Turns out he is a huge Pink Floyd fan and so he bought not one, but three items at the auction. Spending a total of $5.245 million on the lot!
- A 1969 black Fender Stratocaster known as “The Black Strat” for $3.975 million.
- A 1969 Martin D-35 acoustic guitar for $1.095 million.
- The travel case used for “The Black Strat” for $175,000.
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