It was 127 of David Gilmour’s guitars on one side and almost $21.5 million dollars on the other, or to be exact $21,490,750. As both Rolling Stone and Ultimateclassicrock.com reported, the auction which took place at Christie’s in New York, actually set several world records for guitars sold.
Probably the topper was “Black Strat,” the 1969 Fender Stratocaster that Gilmour used on every Pink Floyd album from The Dark Side of the Moon toThe Final Cut. This Strat fetched exactly $3.975 million. There were two other guitars that earned more than a million dollars – a pre-production Fender Stratocaster from 1954 ($1.815 million) and a 1969 Martin D-35 acoustic on which Gilmour has said that he’s written the most songs ($1.095 million).
The more important side of this auction is that Gilmour will donate all the proceeds to ClientEarth, a global organization that is “a charity that uses the power of the law to protect the planet and the people who live on it. We are lawyers and environmental experts who are fighting against climate change and to protect nature and the environment.”
As Gilmour put it himself, “The global climate crisis is the greatest challenge that humanity will ever face, and we are within a few years of the effects of global warming being irreversible. I hope that the sale of these guitars will help ClientEarth in their cause to use the law to bring about real change.”