David Gilmour is auctioning off his guitars for charity.
“These guitars have been very good to me,” he said. “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.”
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Among the approximately 120 guitars that will go on auction at Christie’s in New York this June include his signature black Fender Stratocaster “The Black Strat” — a guitar that he played on “Comfortably Numb”, ‘Money’, and ‘Shine On You Crazy Diamond’.
Also included in the sale is his 12-string Stratocaster that he wrote ‘Wish You Were Here’ as well as the Ovation six-string that he’s played for nearly every live performance of ‘Comfortably Numb’.
Besides benefiting “both global and U.K.-centric” charities, Gilmour is also using the sale to declutter his house. He added that he’s been planning to sell parts of collection since at least around 1987’s ‘A Momentary Lapse of Reason’.
“I didn’t want to get too ancient and have a whole stash of guitars sitting around doing nothing,” he said. “And frankly, too many of them are guitars I just don’t have time to play often enough. They will give joy to other people.”
In other news, earlier this month Pink Floyd vocalist/bassist Roger Waters used his private jet to reunite a mother with her kidnapped children after hearing about their plight.