Yesterday, June 20, Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour auctioned off over 120 guitars from his personal collection in New York City through Christie's. Highly anticipated throughout the guitar community, the auction shattered numerous records.
Gilmour's legendary 1969 Black Strat took in $3,975,000, establishing a new world auction record for any guitar sold at auction — ever. Of course, this was the axe heard on “Comfortably Numb,” “Shine on You Crazy Diamond,” “Money” and many other Pink Floyd classics.
The 1969 Martin D-35 Gilmour used on "Wish You Were Here" was up first, and—after selling for $1,095,000—immediately became the most valuable acoustic guitar ever sold, according to Christie's. The pre-auction estimate for the guitar? $10,000-$20,000.
Gilmour's Olympic White "#0001" Fender Stratocaster—which he used on “Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)”—was sold for $1,815,000, making it, according to Christie's, the most valuable Strat ever sold at auction.
Speaking of Strats, Gilmour's Candy Apple Red 1984 Fender Strat—which he used throughout the A Momentary Lapse of Reason and The Division Bell era—brought in $615,000.
Not content with merely setting records for Strats and acoustics, Gilmour also set an auction record for a Les Paul, after his 1955 Gibson Les Paul Goldtop fetched $447,000.
This page will be updated as the auction continues.
"These guitars have been very good to me and many of them have given me pieces of music over the years," Gilmour said in a statement announcing the auction. "They have paid for themselves many times over, but it’s now time that they moved on. Guitars were made to be played and it is my wish that wherever they end up, they continue to give their owners the gift of music. By auctioning these guitars I hope that I can give some help where it is really needed and through my charitable foundation do some good in this world. It will be a wrench to see them go and perhaps one day I’ll have to track one or two of them down and buy them back!”