David Gilmour Black Strat Sells for Nearly $4 Million in Christie’s Auction
One lucky Pink Floyd fan picked up David Gilmour’s prized black Fender Stratocaster for the bargain basement price of $3,975,000.
The guitar was part of an auction of Gilmour’s historic guitar collection– 120 instruments in all–that went up for sale at Christie’s in New York City, with all of Gilmour’s profits being donated to his charitable foundation.
The 1954 white Fender Stratocaster with the serial number #0001 that David played while recording “Another Brick in the Wall (Parts Two and Three)” sold for over $1.8 million. A 1969 Martin D-35 acoustic guitar was purchased for nearly $1.1 million, breaking the record for the highest auction price for a Martin guitar. That honor was previously held by Eric Clapton‘s 1939 OO0-42 model, which fetched $791,500 in 2004.
Another Martin acoustic, a D12-28 12-string model on which David composed the opening riff of “Wish You Were Here,” fetched $531,000.
Other guitars that sold for big bucks: a 1958 Gretsch White Penguin and a 1955 Gibson Goldtop Les Paul, which both brought in $447,000 — the highest price ever paid at auction for either a Gretsch or a Gibson Les Paul, according to Christie’s.
Gilmour announced on the eve of the auction that he would donate proceeds from the sale to the ClientEarth charity,