David Gilmour puts his guitars up for auction, raises $21.5M

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FILE – In this July 7, 2016, file photo, musician David Gilmour performs in the ancient roman amphitheater of the Pompeii archeological site, Italy. Christie’s auction house says it raised $21.5 million Thursday, June 20, 2019, selling off more than 120 guitars owned by the Pink Floyd guitarist, singer and songwriter. Proceeds went to ClientEarth, a non-profit fighting climate change. A black Stratocaster, dubbed the “Black Strat”, was the top item and was snatched up for $3,975,000, a new world record for a guitar at auction. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — An auction of David Gilmour’s guitars has raised a lot of “Money” — to combat climate change.

Christie’s auction house says it raised $21.5 million Thursday, selling off more than 120 guitars owned by the Pink Floyd guitarist, singer and songwriter. Proceeds went to ClientEarth, a nonprofit fighting climate change.

The items included guitars by Fender, Rickenbacker, Ovation, Gibson, C.F. Martin and Gretsch, including guitar cases, a banjo and amps.

A black Stratocaster — dubbed the “Black Strat” — was the top item and was snatched up for $3,975,000, a new world record for a guitar at auction.

Gilmour tweeted: “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.”

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