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David Gilmour to auction guitar collection in NYC for charity
Legendary guitarist lets legendary guitars go, to do good
Published on January 30, 2019
Details at www.christies.com

Pink Floyd guitarist, singer and songwriter David Gilmour is auctioning more than 120 guitars from his personal collection, including 'the Black Strat', the iconic Fender that he played on the band's classic albums The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals and The Wall. The David Gilmour Guitar Collection sale, which charts the musical history of one of the world's most influential and loved guitarists, will be held at Christie's in New York June 20. All proceeds will benefit Gilmour's charitable foundation.

Gilmour bought the legendary black 1969 Fender Stratocaster in 1970 at the world famous music store Manny's on West 48th Street in New York. It is the instrument most closely associated with Gilmour and he has played it over the course of nearly five decades. Between 1970 and 1986, The Black Strat was his primary performance and recording guitar, and was key to the Pink Floyd sound. Songs like 'Money' and the legendary guitar solo on 'Comfortably Numb' might not have sounded the same without it, and Gilmour says that 'Shine on You Crazy Diamond' “came out of The Black Strat”. The sale estimate is $100,000-150,000.

In a video he made for Christie's in which he plays extracts from his best-loved songs on the guitars that helped to inspire them Gilmour explains: “Many of the guitars in this sale are guitars that have given me a tune. So a lot of them have earned their keep, you might say. These guitars have given so much to me, and it's time for them to move on to other people who hopefully will find joy, and perhaps create something new.”

Also in the auction will be many of uber Fender fan Gilmour's other guitars including Fender Broadcasters, Esquires, Telecasters and Stratocasters, including a white Fender Stratocaster with the serial number #0001 (not the very first Strat made, but a very early 'special'), estimate $100,000-150,000 and '57 Strat formerly owned by comic and country music artist Homer Haynes of Homer and Jethro fame.

Non-Fenders also for sale include a 1955 Gibson Gold Top Les Paul, estimate $30,000-50,000, with which Gilmour recorded the guitar solo on 'Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)', an extremely rare Gretsch White Penguin 6134, estimate: $100,000-150,000, and a gaggle of acoustic guitars by Gibson, Martin and Tony Zemaitis.

A global tour of the collection will launch in London at Christie's King Street (March 27-31), where the full collection will be on display. Highlights will then go on view in Los Angeles (May 7-11) and New York (June 14-19) before the sale on June 20.

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