There have been some record-setting sales prices set by guitars from famous axe slingers over the years, and the latest involves a black Fender Stratocaster played by Pink Floyd's David Gilmour.
The Strat, used by Gilmour to record such Floyd classics as "The Dark Side of the Moon” (1973), “Wish You Were Here” (1975), “Animals” (1977) and “The Wall” (1979), sold for a staggering $3,875,000 at an auction held by Christie's in New York City earlier this year. Reportedly it was Jim Irsay, owner of the NFL's Indianapolis Colts, who purchased the instrument, adding to what is apparently a very impressive collection.
Christie’s says that the price attained by the sale of the black Strat sets a new record for a sale of a guitar at auction. The record was previously held by a Stratocaster signed by a multitude of artists including Gilmour, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney, Jimmy Page, Sting, Pete Townshend and more (with Bryan Adams helping organize the auction). That guitar was auctioned in 2005 to support 2004 tsunami victims and sold for $2.7 million.
The Gilmour guitar also raised money for a good cause. Prior to the auction, Gilmour advised that sale proceeds would go to ClientEarth, which funds attorneys and experts who fight climate change. The black Strat, along with Gilmour's other guitars, raised an amazing $21.5 million for the cause.
David Gilmour black Stratocaster image courtesy floydianslip.com