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David Gilmour auctions his guitars to combat climate change

Pink Floyd’s singer, guitarist and leading composer has auctioned his guitars for a record price of $21 million and gave the proceeds to Client Earth, a charity that works to combat climate change. This is the highest price that a collection of guitars has ever fetched at auction.

The auction was held at Christie’s Auction House in New York, offering 123 famous guitars from Gilmore’s collection. 2,000 bidders from 66 countries placed bids on the valuable instruments. By the end of the evening, a total of $21,198,250 (over 6 billion forints) were collected for the guitars.

David Gilmour’s guitars at the charity auction held at Christie’s Auction House in New York Photo: christies.com

The instruments offered by Gilmour included the most fabled “The Black Strat”, which had played an important role in the 1973 Dark Side of the Moon and the 1979 The Wall albums. The instrument is almost as famous as the rock star himself, so The Black Strat was expected to be one of the most sought-after items at the auction. After a long series of bids, it finally went for a record price ever paid for a guitar at auction, $3,975,000 (almost 1.2 billion forints).

“Brilliant and unbelievable,” said Gilmour about the auction whose start had to be delayed by an hour due to the long queue of prospective bidders
outside Christie’s waiting
to get in.

Gilmour has donated the profits of the auction to the charity organisation Client Earth, created by lawyers and environmental experts to use laws and legal action to curb 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 becoming irreversible. I hope that the sale of these guitars will help Client Earth in their actions to use the law to bring about real change. 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,” said Gilmour.

Video: Vimeo/ClientEarth
Further information: guinnessworldrecords.com

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