David Gilmour’s guitar auction, held by Christies resulting in a record-breaking sale of two of his most iconic guitars. The Black Strat set the record at $3,975,000 dollars – somewhat above the laughable $100-150k estimate. His 1954 Fender Strat, with the 0001 serial fetched up $1.8 million dollars.
Other world records included his ’58 Gretsch White Penguin, which went for $447,000, and a ’55 Les Paul Goldtop, also used on Another Brick in the Wall recording also went for $447,000. His favourite Martin acoustic, a 1969 D-35, went for just over a million dollars, which surpassed a Martin guitar owned by Eric Clapton at auction.
The final total? $21,490, 750. Gilmour told Rolling Stone magazine, “If I need a particular guitar, I’ll go out and buy another one. They are the tools of my trade. They have given me music, but in the end, they are the tools that I use.”