David Gilmour, front man for the iconic English rock band Pink Floyd, has sold off 126 of his instruments in a record-breaking auction in New York City. The proceeds all went directly to the non-profit, ClientEarth.
The organisation is “a charity that uses the power of the law to protect the planet and the people who live on it. We are lawyers and environmental experts who are fighting against climate change and to protect nature and the environment.”
In a tweet, David Gilmour quoted the 16-year old climate activist, Greta Thunberg, by saying “Either we choose to go on as a civilisation, or we don’t.” Gilmour continued, “The choice is really that simple, and I hope that the sale of these guitars will help ClientEarth in their cause to use the law to bring about real change.”
The venue hosting the auction, Christies, said in a press release that it was the “most valuable musical instruments sale in auction history.” Gilmour’s legendary black Fender Stratocaster, which was used to record many of the band’s most well-known albums, was originally priced at USD$150,000. One of the 2,000+ bidders attending the event (both online and in-person) purchased the guitar at the final price of USD$3,975,000 (over AUD$5.5 million).
Pink Floyd has 2 albums that are on Business Insider’s top 50 best-selling of all-time list: “The Wall” (no. 6) and “Dark Side of the Moon” (no. 26).
“David Gilmour’s remarkable gift will support our work battling the climate crisis and protecting nature for future generations,” said James Thornton, the CEO of ClientEarth.
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