David Gilmour guitar auction brings in $12.5 million; famed "Black Strat" fetches nearly $4 million
A collection of more than 120 guitars belonging to Pink Floyd's David Gilmour was auctioned today at Christie's in New York City and the event brought in a total of almost $12.5 million, with many of the instruments selling for record prices.
Gilmour's most-prized guitar, known as "The Black Strat," fetched a whopping $3,975,000, which according to Christie's is the highest price a guitar has ever sold for at an auction.
The 73-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer purchased The Black Strat in 1970 at Manny's Music in New York, and used it throughout his tenure with Pink Floyd, as well as for his recent solo albums.
Meanwhile, a 1954 white Fender Stratocaster with the serial number #0001 that David played while recording "Another Brick in the Wall (Parts Two and Three)" sold for over $1.8 million.
In addition, a 1969 Martin D-35 acoustic guitar was purchased for nearly $1.1 million, breaking the record for the highest auction price for a Martin guitar, previously held by Eric Clapton's 1939 OO0-42 model, which fetched $791,500 in 2004.
Another Martin acoustic, a D12-28 12-string model on which David composed the opening riff of "Wish You Were Here," fetched $531,000.
Other guitars that sold for record-setting prices included a 1958 Gretsch White Penguin and a 1955 Gibson Goldtop Les Paul, which both brought in $447,000 -- the highest price ever paid at auction for either a Gretsch or a Gibson Les Paul, according to Christie's.
Gilmour announced on the eve of the auction that he would donate proceeds from the sale to the ClientEarth charity, an organization that employs lawyers and environmental experts that fight against climate change.
Check out the full results of the auction at Christies.com.