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David Gilmour auctions his guitars to fight against climate change

  • Published at 08:57 pm June 24th, 2019
David Gilmour
Guitaist and vocalist of psychedelic rock band Pink Floyd, David Gilmour, who popularized the slapping-solo technique | Facebook

A total of 66 bidders from different countries around the world participated in the auction. The event lasted for eight hours, according to British auction house Christies, which handled the sales

Pink Floyd's David Gilmour auctioned 126 of his guitars for a record-breaking $21 million at a New York charity auction on Thursday, reports CNN. The legend sold his guitars to fight against climate change.

A total of 66 bidders from different countries around the world participated in the auction. The event lasted for eight hours, according to British auction house Christies, which handled the sales.

"The Black Strat," a 1969 Fender Stratocaster which Gilmour used to record Pink Floyd albums "The Dark Side of the Moon," "Wish You Were Here" and "The Wall," sold for $3,975,000 – setting  new world record for a guitar at an auction.

"You know something? For me, I can let go of it," Gilmour told Rolling Stone. "It's going to bring a lot of people to have a look at this sale, and it's going to do that job. It's a lovely guitar. ... I did my 'Comfortably Numb' solo on it. The notes for the beginning of 'Shine On You Crazy Diamond' fell out of it one day.”

Gilmour tweeted about the instrument's history and how honoured he was to bring the piece to the public.

Gilmour's stash of 126 instruments collectively sold for $21,490,750.

"The choice really is that simple, and I hope that the sale of these guitars will help Client Earth in their cause to use the law to bring about real change," he posted on Twitter.

You can explore the entire collection in 3D online.