Fans of Pink Floyd, breathe a huge blow. David Gilmour, guitarist and singer of the band will be selling his collection of guitars at an auction in New York. The event will be organised by the house Christie’s and will take place on 20 June next. In total, 120 acoustic and electric instruments belonging to the British will be put to auction. The revenue will be donated to a charitable association. The collection will be on display soon in London, Los Angeles and New York.
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The lot highlights of this sale is, without doubt, the “Black Strat”, Fender Stratocaster 1969 black purchased in New York in 1970. It is with it that David Gilmour has, among other things, recorded the majority of the songs from the albums essential of the quartet during the 1970s: Dark Side of the Moon , Wish You Were Here , Animals and The Wall . The instrument, which was composed by the legendary solo Comfortably Numb and the song Shine on You Crazy Diamond – epic epic of 25 minutes in two parts – is estimated at between 100,000 and 150,000 dollars.
“These guitars to me have given so much”
A model of Stratocaster white with a pickguard in gold, used on Another Brick in the Wall , is estimated at the same price. The highest bidders will also be able to put the hand on the Fender Telecaster, models appreciated by the musician, a Gibson Les Paul, a rare Gretsch White Penguin 9134 and a twelve-string acoustic Martin used in the studio on Wish You Were Here .
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“a Lot of the guitars from this sale have inspired me to write songs,” said Gilmour in a video shared by the auction house. “These guitars to me have given so much. It is time to move on to something else. They will certainly bring a lot of joy to other people who will create maybe new things,” said the musician of 72 years. “The money collected will be donated to charities”, said the release.
The Pink Floyd work for the good cause. Bassist Roger Waters, sidekick of Gilmour in “the Floyd” was involved in the repatriation of two children from the Caribbean led by their father in Syria in 2014.
“We all flew to Irbil, in northern Iraq, where we met with the minister of external Relations and the governor of the State. Finally, the rescue team crossed the border with all the permissions,” he said to the BBC before you add want to multiply the actions of this type to come to the aid of families separated.