‘Many of the guitars in this sale are guitars that have given me a tune, so a lot of them have earned their keep, you might say. These guitars have given so much to me, and it’s time for them to move on to other people who hopefully will find joy and perhaps create something new.’
— David Gilmour

This June, Christie's presents The David Gilmour Guitar Collection: the personal guitar collection of the rock 'n' roll legend David Gilmour — guitarist, singer and songwriter of Pink Floyd.

With more than 120 guitars, including his preferred Fender models of Broadcasters, Esquires, Telecasters and Stratocasters, the auction on 20 June marks a rare opportunity for guitar aficionados, musicians and collectors to explore one of the world’s most comprehensive groupings of guitars that hooked generations.

In advance of the New York sale, the entire David Gilmour Collection will be exhibited at Christie’s London followed by highlights in Los Angeles and will conclude with a full preview in New York. Estimates start at $300 with proceeds to benefit charity.


Highlights

  • Fender Electric Instrument Company, Fullerton, 1984

    A solid-body electric guitar, Stratocaster, 57V
    Estimate
    $15,000-25,000
    Related Sale
    The David Gilmour Guitar Collection, New York, 20 June 2019

  • Fender Electric Instrument Company, Fullerton, circa 1954

    A solid-body electric guitar, Stratocaster, bearing the serial number 0001
    Estimate
    $100,000-150,000
    Related Sale
    The David Gilmour Guitar Collection, New York, 20 June 2019

  • Fender Electric Instrument Company, Fullerton, 1969 and 1983

    A solid-body electric guitar, Stratocaster, known as ‘The Black Strat’
    Estimate
    $100,000-150,000
    Related Sale
    The David Gilmour Guitar Collection, New York, 20 June 2019

  • C.F. Martin & Company, Nazareth, 1969

    An acoustic guitar, D-35
    Estimate
    $10,000-20,000
    Related Sale
    The David Gilmour Guitar Collection, New York, 20 June 2019

  • Anthony 'Tony' C Zemaitis, Chatham, 1978

    An acoustic fretless bass guitar
    Estimate
    $15,000-25,000
    Related Sale
    The David Gilmour Guitar Collection, New York, 20 June 2019


Special feature

  • David Gilmour’s legendary ‘Black Strat’ comes to auction

    Christie’s to sell more than 120 guitars owned by the Pink Floyd hero, including ‘The Black Strat’ played on The Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall

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David Gilmour’s legendary ‘Black Strat’ comes to auction


Reservations

Viewing The David Gilmour Guitar Collection

Exhibitions are free and open to all. However, reservations are required for the London and New York viewings. Please use the link below to book your time slot.


Tour information


LONDON



  • Viewing

    27 – 31 March

  • Exhibition Times

    Wednesday, 27 March, 12pm – 4pm
    Thursday, 28 March, 10am – 4pm
    Friday, 29 March, 10am – 7pm
    Saturday, 30 March, 12pm – 5pm
    Sunday, 31 March, 12pm – 5pm

  • Location

    Christie's London
    8 King Street
    London SW1Y 6QT

  • Contact

    Flora Turnbull
    gilmourguitars@christies.com
    +44 (0) 20 7839 9060


LOS ANGELES



  • Viewing

    7 – 11 May

  • Exhibition Times

    Tuesday, 7 May, 1pm – 4pm
    Wednesday, 8 May, 11am – 5pm
    Thursday, 9 May, 11am – 5pm
    Friday, 10 May, 11am – 5pm
    Saturday, 11 May, 1pm – 4pm

  • Location

    Christie's Los Angeles
    336 N. Camden Drive
    Beverly Hills, CA 90210

  • Contact

    Juliana Peterson-More
    gilmourguitars@christies.com
    +1 310 385 2600

NEW YORK



  • Viewing

    14 – 19 June

  • Exhibition Times

    Friday, 14 June, 11am – 4pm
    Saturday, 15 June, 11am – 4pm
    Sunday, 16 June, 1pm – 4pm
    Monday, 17 June, 11am – 4pm
    Tuesday, 18 June, 11am – 4pm
    Wednesday, 19 June, 11am – 4pm

  • Location

    Christie's New York
    20 Rockefeller Plaza
    New York, NY 10020

  • Contact

    Michelle Rusinek
    gilmourguitars@christies.com
    +1 212 636 2000



Special publications

Catalogue: The David Gilmour Guitar Collection

Catalogues published to accompany The David Gilmour Collection are now available to purchase online. The memorialization captures the legacy of the Pink Floyd singer and songwriter with a series of essays and anecdotes in addition to highlighting his collection of over 120 guitars — including the infamous ‘Black Strat’ played on The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals and The Wall. Guitar aficionados, musicians and collectors alike will enjoy exploring the mind behind one of the world’s defining rock ‘n’ roll bands whose sounds hooked generations.