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David Gilmour to Auction Historic Guitars for Charity

Pink Floyd's David Gilmour will be auctioning off some of his signature guitars later this year. Gilmour is set to auction more than 120 of his guitars to benefit charitable causes.

On June 20, the auction, which has been described as the “largest and most comprehensive collection of guitars to be offered at auction,” will occur at Christie’s in New York.

The most notable guitar in the collection is the Black Strat, the 1969 Fender used to record several projects, including Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon. The Black Strat, which was purchased at Manny’s on West 48th Street in New York City, is currently estimated to go for between $100,000 and $150,000.

Other notable guitars include a 1954 white Stratocaster, a 1958 Gretsch Penguin, his red 1984 Strat, a 1969 Martin D-35, and a 1955 goldtop Les Paul. Estimated prices range from $300-$150,000 based on the notoriety of the guitar.

“These guitars have been very good to me and many of them have gifted me pieces of music over the years,” Gilmour said in a statement. “They have paid for themselves many times over, but it’s now time that they moved on. Guitars were made to be played and it is my wish that wherever they end up, they continue to give their owners the gift of music. By auctioning these guitars, I hope that I can give some help where it is really needed and through my charitable foundation do some good in this world. It will be a wrench to see them go and perhaps one day I’ll have to track one or two of them down and buy them back!”

Gilmour's collection of guitars will be available to view at Christie’s London showroom on King Street from March 27-31. The collection will then arrive in the U.S. for a showing in Los Angeles from May 7-11 before arriving in New York for a sale preview from June 14-19 prior to the auction.

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Article image: David Gilmour performing in Buenos Aires in 2015. (Jimmy Baikovicius [CC BY-SA 2.0] via Wikimedia Commons.)

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