David Gilmour has announced that he will auction off more than 120 guitars from his personal collection through Christie's.
The auction, which will take place in New York City on June 20, 2019, will feature some of Gilmour's most prized and iconic guitars, some of which are valued at as much as $150,000. All sales proceeds will benefit charitable causes.
“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. "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!”
Some highlights from the collection can be seen below.
David Gilmour's 1969 Black Fender Stratocaster: Gilmour purchased this guitar in 1970 at Manny's on West 48th Street in New York City. ‘The Black Strat’ quickly became Gilmour’s primary performing and recording instrument for the next 15 years and was extensively modified to accommodate his evolving style and performance requirements. The guitar was played on “Money,” “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” and "Comfortably Numb," among many other iconic songs. It was integral to the development of Pink Floyd's sound and was instrumental in the recording of landmark albums such as The Dark Side of the Moon (1973), Wish You Were Here (1975), Animals (1977) and The Wall (1979). The guitar can also be heard on Gilmour's solo albums including David Gilmour (1978), About Face (1984), On An Island (2006) and Rattle That Lock (2015). The guitar's value is estimated to be between $100,000-$150,000.
David Gilmour's 1954 White Fender Stratocaster: Gilmour most notably used this guitar on “Another Brick In The Wall (Parts Two and Three).” The guitar's value is estimated to be between $100,000-$150,000.
David Gilmour's 1955 Gold Gibson Les Paul: Having purchased this guitar in 1978, Gilmour used it on the solo for "Another Brick in the Wall (Part Two)." The guitar's value is estimated to be between $30,000-$50,000.
David Gilmour's 1958 Gretsch White Penguin: Gilmour purchased this guitar—of which it is believed only 50 were ever produced—in 1980 for collecting purposes. The guitar's value is estimated to be between $100,000-$150,000.
David Gilmour's 1984 Red Fender Stratocaster: Acquired in 1984, this guitar became the most prominent axe in Gilmour's arsenal, both on stage and in the studio, for the next two decades. The guitar's value is estimated to be between $15,000-$25,000.
David Gilmour's 1954 Fender Stratocaster: Gilmour purchased this guitar in 1978 on London's Denmark Street. The guitar's value is estimated to be between $50,000-$70,000.
Other guitars include:
A 1957 ‘Ex-Homer Haynes’ Stratocaster, with gold plated hardware and finished in the rare custom color of Lake Placid Blue (estimate: $60,000-90,000).
A 1969 D-35 Martin purchased on the streets of New York in 1971, and used as both Pink Floyd and David Gilmour's main studio acoustic, notably on Wish You Were Here (estimate $10,000-20,000).
A Gibson J-200 Celebrity (1985) acquired from John Illsley of Dire Straits (estimate $3,500-5,500).
A unique Tony Zemaitis (1978) custom acoustic bass guitar (estimate $15,000-25,000).
For more information on the auction, head over to christies.com.