Pink Floyd’s Dave Gilmour to sell guitars for climate change
Written by Hit Music Radio News on 20/06/2019
Pink Floyd guitarist Dave Gilmour is selling some of his instruments and donating the proceeds to a climate change charity.
More than 120 guitars are being auctioned, including a 1969 Black Stratocaster used on classic 1970s albums Wish You Were Here, Animals And The Wall, with an estimated sale price of between £79,000-£118,000.
A 1954 White Fender Stratocaster #0001, which he used while recording Another Brick In The Wall (Parts Two and Three) is available for the same fee.
The money raised from the sale of the instruments that he has used throughout his long career will go to climate change charity ClientEarth.
Gilmour, 73, said: “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 civilisation, or we don’t’.
“The choice really is 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.
“We need a civilised world that goes on for all our grandchildren and beyond in which these guitars can be played and songs can be sung.”
The guitar collection will go under the hammer at Christie’s in New York on Thursday, having previously been on display in London and Los Angeles.
Gilmour admits he will be sad to lose them.
“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.”
Organisers said estimates for items in the extensive collection range from £237- £118,000, meaning both fans and collectors can hope to pick up pieces.
At the height of their popularity in the 1970s Pink Floyd consisted of guitarist Gilmour, Nick Mason on drums, Roger Waters on bass and vocals, and Richard Wright on keyboard.
They are one of the best-selling groups ever.
© Sky News 2019