Pink Floyd guitar sells for world-record price at auction
The legendary guitar belonging to Pink Floyd frontman David Gilmour has sold for $5.7 million at auction. It is now the most expensive guitar of all time.
Gilmour raised over $30 million for charity after auctioning off more than 120 lots from his personal collection.
The sale took place at Christie’s auction house in New York City and included iconic instruments played by Gilmour throughout Pink Floyd’s history.
The legendary “Black Strat” Fender Stratocaster guitar, which was used on the recording of the band’s hit albums The Dark Side of the Moon (1973), Wish You Were Here (1975), Animals (1977) and The Wall (1979), was the standout item and sold for the jaw-dropping $5.7 million.
"It's very hard to know how much I will miss it."
David talks about his iconic Black Strat, ahead of its sale through @ChristiesInc next month in the #GilmourGuitars charity auction. pic.twitter.com/CA7anqH9ej
— David Gilmour (@_DavidGilmour) 16 May 2019
Proceeds from the auction will go to the charity ClientEarth, which funds environmental lawyers and experts in the fight against climate change.
"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," Gilmour said in a statement.
"We need a civilised world that goes on for all our grandchildren and beyond in which these guitars can be played and songs can be sung."
Other stand out items sold at auction included Gilmour’s Martin D-35 acoustic guitar, which sold for more than $1 million and his 1955 Gibson Les Paul, which was famously used for the guitar solo on Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2).