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PHOTOS: David Gilmour's legendary guitar collection goes on display

David Gilmour's Black Strat goes on display © PA Images

More than 120 of David Gilmour’s iconic guitars have gone on display at Christie’s in London before they go under the hammer in New York this summer.

The David Gilmour Guitar Collection boasts a plethora of Fender Broadcasters, Esquires, Telecasters and Stratocasters David has played with Pink Floyd and as a solo artist over the decades.

David Gilmour fans can see the collection for free from now until Sunday 31st March by making a reservation on Christie’s official website. Time slots are strictly limited and are available on a first come, first served basis.


White Fender Stratocaster #0001 estimated at $100,000 - $150,000 © PA


The Black Strat estimated at $100,000 - $150,000 © PA

Undoubtedly the star item of the entire sprawling collection is Gilmour’s fabled 1969 Black Fender Stratocaster – aka The Black Strat - that he played on the ‘Comfortably Numb’ solo among many other Pink Floyd classics.  

Also the subject of a book written by David’s guitar technician Phil Taylor, The Black Strat is estimated to fetch $100,000 to $150,000 (£75,900 to £113,870) at auction.

Billed by Christie’s as 'the largest and most comprehensive sale of guitars ever offered at auction', all proceeds from The David Gilmour Guitar Collection sale at Christie’s New York on Thursday 20th June will go directly to UK and international charities.


David Gilmour's guitars go on display © PA


The Fred Gretsch Manufacturing Company 'Champagne' Duo-Jet 6128 © PA

“The money will be going to the larger needs of famine relief, homelessness and displacement of people throughout the world,” David told Rolling Stone in January. “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.”

In a statement to Christie’s, David said: “Many of the guitars in this sale are guitars that have given me a tune. So, a lot of them have earned their keep, you might say.

“These guitars have given so much to me, and it’s time for them to move on to other people who hopefully will find joy, and perhaps create something new.”


David Gilmour's guitars go on display © PA


David Gilmour's guitars go on display © PA

Other guitars up for sale include David’s 1954 White Fender Stratocaster #0001 (estimate: £75,900 to £113,870) that was used on Another Brick in the Wall (Parts 2 and 3), amongst other songs.

A rare Gretsch White Penguin 6134 is also predicted to fetch £75,900 to £113,870, a 1957 ‘Ex-Homer Hayes’ Stratocaster with gold-plated hardware and finished in the rare custom colour of Lake Placid Blue is listed at £45,500 to £68,290, while a 1955 Gibson Les Paul has an estimated price tag of £22,760 to £37,940.

A limited selection of The David Gilmour Guitar Collection will go on display at Christie’s Los Angeles from 7th to 11th May before the full collection can be seen again at Christie’s New York from 14th to 19th June.

Here's an exclusive walkthrough of the collection: 


And here's David Gilmour performing 'Comfortably Numb' in Pompeii with The Black Strat:

 

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