David Gilmourwill say goodbye to more than 120 of his guitars today when they go on the auction block at Christie'sin New York.
They are estimated to sell between a range of $300 to $150,000, with the most iconic being his 1969 Black Fender Stratocaster, which he bought in 1970 and used while recording and touring The Dark Side of the Moon,Wish You Were Here,Animals and The Wall. It's the guitar used for the solo on "Comfortably Numb."
Also up for bids is a 1954 White Fender Stratocaster #0001, which was used on The Wall, and the 1955 Gibson Les Paul that Gilmour used for the solo on "Another Brick in the Wall (Part Two)."
Gilmour says, "These guitars have been very good to me, and many of them have gifted me pieces of music over the years. They have paid for themselves many times over, but it’s now time that they moved on. Guitars were made to be played and it is my wish that wherever they end up, they continue to give their owners the gift of music."
Gilmour will donate all of the proceeds to Client Earth.
He says, "The global climate crisis is the greatest challenge that humanity will ever face, and we are within a few years of the effects of global warming being irreversible.
"As Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish climate activist said in a speech earlier this year, 'Either we choose to go on as a civilization, or we don’t.'
"The choice really is that simple, and I hope that the sale of these guitars will help Client Earth in their cause to use the law to bring about real change.
"We need a civilized world that goes on for all our grandchildren and beyond in which these guitars can be played and songs can be sung."
The auction gets underway TODAY at 10 a.m. ET.