Gilmour Guitar Auction

Pink Floyd guitarist sold 125 guitars from his collection with the proceeds going to combat global warming. The total of the collection was $21.5 million.

New Atlas has a good article about the sale, along with about 10-15 of the top selling guitars from the collection. These types of comps are always good when looking a celebrity premiums.

Follow the source link below for the full article with images and details of some of the guitars sold.

New Atlas reports on the Gilmour guitar collection
Pink Floyd's Dave Gilmour sells $21.5 million guitar collection and donates proceeds to fight global warming

Popular music has been ubiquitous since before any of NewAtlas' readers were born, and those who have created the soundtrack of our lives, have been anointed modern gods by their millions of followers.

The success of the auction is in no small way attributable to Christie's which has done...
Acquired in 1984, this Candy Apple Red 57V Stratocaster became Gilmour's primary studio recording and performance...
Pink Floyd's David Gilmour has auctioned 125 of his guitars to aid the climate change fight

Clapton, Cobain, Dylan, Harrison, Hendrix, Jagger, Jackson, Lennon, McCartney, Page, Richards, Van Halen ... we all know at least something they sang, played or wrote. For some of us, it might be one or two tracks for each artist, but for many of us, with whom an artist resonated, their entire creative output.

Global wealth management practices have recently come to regard the purchase of culturally significant objects as a sound financial investment, and the tools of the trade of the guitar gods have risen in value at auction quite dramatically in recent years.

A few days ago, David Gilmour, one of most revered guitar players in history, auctioned his entire 125-guitar collection, donating the money to a cause he is passionate about – fighting global warming.

Pink Floyd was always a socially aware group of individuals, and provided many scathing anti-establishment anthems. Despite being one of the most commercially successful musical artists of all-time, Gilmour has always put his principals first. A 1995 interview with Guitar & Bass magazine is worth reading in testimony to his integrity. While many financially successful entertainers and sporting millionaires moved away from the United Kingdom and into tax exile, Gilmour preferred to raise a family in his native England, and famously said, "I'm not keener on paying tax than anyone else, but my freedom's not for sale."

The success of the auction is in no small way attributable to Christie's which has done an admirable job of displaying the collection to the widest possible audience by creating a virtual tour of the collection in exhibition form and highlighting the significance of each of the 125 guitars from Gilmour's collection. If you are a Dave Gilmour/Pink Floyd fan, Christie's body of work on documenting the collection is immense and beautiful and fascinating and worth a look.

The jewel of the auction was Gilmour's "Black Strat" which sold for US$3.975 million, becoming the most valuable guitar ever sold, privately or at auction.

The Black Strat was Gilmour's primary performance and recording guitar on every Pink Floyd album from...
The Black Strat was Gilmour's primary performance and recording guitar on every Pink Floyd album from 1970 to 1983 plus all four of his solo albums. It is the primary guitar used on The Dark Side of the Moon (1973), Wish You Were Here (1975), Animals (1977) and The Wall (1979). It was also the guitar played in the famous Gilmour guitar solos in Shine on You Crazy Diamond and Comfortably Numb.

This is the feature guitar on two landmark albums – the The Dark Side of the Moon is the third most successful album of all-time and The Wall is the second most successful double album in history. This guitar has been heard by billions of people for half a century.

The previous record was $2.7 million, fetched by the "Reach Out to Asia" Fender Stratocaster auctioned for charity in 2005, and signed by Eric Clapton, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian May, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Pete Townshend, Mark Knopfler, Ray Davies, Liam Gallagher, Ronnie Wood, Tony Iommi, Angus and Malcolm Young, Paul McCartney, Sting, Ritchie Blackmore, Bryan Adams and David Gilmour.

The third most valuable guitar sold at auction was John Lennon's $2.41 million Gibson J-160E which was used alongside Paul McCartney in writing and recording She Loves You, I Want to Hold Your Hand, Please, Please, Me and All My Loving.

Several other Gilmour guitars sold for stratospheric amounts in this latest auction, being a 1954 Fender Stratocaster with serial number #0001 ($1,815,000), an acoustic 1969 C.F. Martin D-35 ($1,095,000).

We've listed the major guitars sold by Christie's for David Gilmour below, with links to the Christie's auction pages. If any of them are of interest, make sure you read the "Lot Essay" on each guitar. The amount of information and anecdotes about each instrument is quite granular and fascinating.
Source: New Atlas 

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