The Soldier's Tale
Black Strat sells for nearly $4 million
Posted by madhack on Jun 20, 2019
The Christie's auction for 120-odd of David Gilmour's guitars, with proceeds going to environmental defense charity ClientEarth, has just wrapped. His legendary black '69 Strat brought in $3,975,000 total, beating the record for any guitar ever sold at auction. That also broke a record set hours earlier for sale price for a Stratocaster, per Guitar World: $1,815,000 for the white Strat (serial number 0001). That guitar was used for rhythm on Another Brick in the Wall pt. 2; the 1955 Les Paul used on the solo sold for $447,000. Another record is $1,095,000 (highest for an acoustic guitar) for the Martin D-35 billed as Gilmour's primary acoustic and heard on the track Wish You Were Here, among many others.
On a personal note, the candy apple red 1983 57V reissue that led to my own interest in Stratocasters (and in guitars in general) sold for $615,000. It's easy to think it's unfortunate that the prices were so extravagant and out of reach for the average fan, but given that tens of millions of dollars were raised for charity, it's hard for this poster to be overly upset.
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