On Thursday (June 20th) David Gilmour raised over $21 million for charity with the auction of his collection of guitars in New York via Christie's Auction house. Gilmour's iconic black Stratocaster — his signature instrument — was the final guitar sold and took in a whopping $3.975 million, which Christie's claimed to be the highest price a guitar has sold for at an auction.
Gilmour's earnings of $21,490,750 for the 127 guitars was donated in full to ClientEarth. Ultimate Classic Rock reported Client Earth describes itself as “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.”
Gilmour said in a statement about the auction: “These guitars have been very good to me and many of them have given me pieces of music over the years. 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!”
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