Yesterday in New York David Gilmour auctioned off his incredible guitar collection for charity. For those of you who have a love of electric guitars, this video was recorded by Gilmour who introduces some of his most iconic instruments.
Raising $21,490,750 in total, the highlight of the auction was the record-breaking $3,975,000 for his black Strocaster, the guitar most associated with Gilmour’s time in Pink Floyd and which appears on “Comfortably Numb,” “Shine on You Crazy Diamond,” “Money” and many many other songs.
Speaking on Twitter after the event, Gilmour announced that all of the proceeds would be donated to Client Earth, a European pioneering environmental law charity which takes governments to court and whose mission is to protect irreplaceable habitats and vulnerable species.
As Gilmour says in his recording:
“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.”
This is a fantastic gesture from one of the world’s greatest guitarists, who continues to inspire with this message of hope and positive action for the world.