David Gilmour's Guitars Shatter Records at Auction

(Image credit: Polly Samson)

Thursday's highly anticipated auction of David Gilmour's guitar collection rocked the guitar world from the get-go — and it just kept on going from there. In all, the sale — dubbed "The David Gilmour Guitar Collection" — brought in a total of $21,490,750, with all proceeds benefiting Client Earth. Bidders from 66 countries took part in the action.

The biggest news of the morning was the record-setting $1,095,000 sale of Gilmour's 1969 Martin D-35, which is heard on Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here, most notably the title track. The guitar started off with a pre-sale estimate of $10,000 to 20,000.

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Damian Fanelli
Editor-in-Chief, Guitar World

Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas, was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron, a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums. He now plays in two NYC-area bands.