NEW YORK (CelebrityAccess) — Bidders from around the world threw their hats into the ring during a record-breaking auction for a lot of guitars from Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour.
The sale, conducted by the famed Christie’s Auction House in New York, was billed as the largest and most comprehensive sale of guitars ever offered at auction.
In total, the collection of more than 100 guitars raised an eye-popping total of $21,490,750, with the proceeds from the auction to be donated to a charity focused on climate change.
The auction included Gimour’s famed 1969 solid body Stratocaster, the “Black Stat” which sold for $3,975,000, well above the estimated range of $100,000 to $150,000.
Gilmour’s 1954 Fender Stratocaster which boasts the 0001 serial number and which Gilmour played while recording “Another Brick In The Wall Part 2”, was also a hot ticket and realized $1.815 million during the auction.
Gilmour’s Martin acoustic, a D12-28 12-string guitar, which he used to compose the opening riff of Wish You Were Here, was estimated at $5,000-10,000 but realized $531,000.
In excess of 500,000 people viewed the content around the sale on Christies.com, and more than 2,000 bidders from 66 countries registered for the sale, which took place at Christie’s Rockefeller Center HQ.
“I’m both sad with losing some of the instruments and relieved to get this thing dealt with and that it will be doing some good,” Gilmour told Rolling Stone in January. “If I need a particular guitar, I’ll go out and buy another one. They are the tools of my trade. They have given me music, but in the end, they are the tools that I use.”