David Gilmour auctioning guitars from personal collection

David Gilmour Auctioning Off 120 Guitars for Charity		
		by Erica Banas

David Gilmour Auctioning Off 120 Guitars for Charity by Erica Banas

Prior to the auction, the collection will be on display for public viewing in Los Angeles, May 7-11 and New York City, June 14-19.

"These guitars have been very good to me and many of them have gifted me pieces of music over the years", Gilmour noted in a statement.

The Strat was used on "Shine on You Crazy Diamond", and Gilmour says it was used in one way or another on most tracks from 1970 through the mid-80s.

The Black Strat alone is expected to fetch upwards of $150,000.

Ahead of the auction, Gilmour's guitars will be displayed as part of a global tour for the collection, which will launch at Christie's King Street in London on March 27 before stops in Los Angeles and NY. It is worth pointing out, though, that the auction catalogue features guitars with a guide price of $300.

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Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour will be auctioning over 120 of his guitars to raise money for a variety of charities. 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.

Among the many other instruments David is auctioning: a Martin 12-string acoustic he used to write the Pink Floyd classic "Wish You Were Here", a 1954 white Fender Stratocaster with the serial number #0001 he played while recording "Another Brick in the Wall (Parts Two and Three)", and an Ovation six-string acoustic he uses to play "Comfortably Numb" at almost every show where he's performed the song. It, too, is estimated to sell between $100,000-150,000.

Other electric guitars in the collection include 1955 Gibson Les Paul, 1954 Fender Stratocaster with the serial number #0001, 1958 Gretsch White Penguin 6134, 1957 Fender Stratocaster, 1984 Stratocaster 57V, 1954 Stratocaster. Gilmour used the guitar on "Another Brick In The Wall (Parts Two and Three)", as well as onstage.

When you've been rocking as long as David Gilmour has, you're bound to accumulate a few guitars between playing in Pink Floyd and managing a solo career.

A unique Tony Zemaitis (1978) custom acoustic bass guitar (estimate $15,000-25,000).

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