Well, we knew it was going to go well. But this well? David Gilmour’s Black Strat now wears the crown as the world’s most expensive six string. It was sold at auction for $3.975 million USD, which is roughly $5.6 million Australian.
And while the ’69 Strat soaked up most of the attention, more than a few in the Gilmour stables fetched certifiably insane prices.
We can all breathe now. The auction of the century is over, with David Gilmour’s Black Strat fetching literally millions of dollars. And that wasn’t the only one…
Among the many other highlights was a ’66 Strat that was estimated to go in the region of 10-15k. It fetched $423,000. Another underestimated piece was the Martin D-35 that Gilmour used on Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here and Shine On You Crazy Diamond – the estimate was $10-20 thousand but it ended up cracking the million mark.
A 1954 Strat, with a serial number #0001 and used by Gilmour on Another Brick in the Wall parts 2 and 3 raked in over $1.8 million. These a but a few of the remarkable tales from the sell-off.
Best of all, the astonishing $21,490,750 USD that changed hands will be donated to Client Earth – a charity organisation that uses the “power of the law to protect the planet and the people who live on it.”
And if you missed out on the auction itself, check out the virtual tour!
Visit Christie’s for all the details.