Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour to put 120 Guitars Up for Auction
If you ever dreamed of what it would be like to hold the black strat guitar played by David Gilmour on the Pink Floyd classics,”Comfortably Numb,” “Shine On You Crazy Diamond, and “Money,” it’s your lucky day.
Gilmour is auctioning off 120 of his iconic guitars this June at Christies’ New York headquarters June 14-19. The proceeds will benefit his charity, which benefits famine relief, homelessness and displacement of people throughout the world.
“We are going to work on the best way and the best balance of making what this raises do as much good on this planet as it can,” says Gilmour.
He is also auctioning off the 12-string he wrote “Wish You Were Here” on and the Ovation six-string he’s played “Comfortably Numb” on at almost every live performance he’s done.
““Everything has got to go,” he tells Rolling Stone. “It’s the spring sale.”
These guitars have been very good to me,” he adds. “They’re my friends. They have given me lots of music. I just think it’s time that they went off and served someone else. I have had my time with them. And of course the money that they will raise will do an enormous amount of good in the world, and that is my intention.”
The 1969 Stratocaster is the one that Gilmour says will be the one that will be the one that will bring a lot of people to the sale. It also has a lot of history.
“It’s a 1969 Strat, which I bought at Manny’s on 48th Street in New York in 1970,” he says. “I have done dozens of modifications to it. I’ve changed the neck a couple of times. I’ve drilled holes in it and done all sorts of weird things to it. But the color is the one thing I’ve never changed. It was always black.