Former Pink Floyd vocalist and guitarist David Gilmour is selling a huge haul of his guitars in order to raise money for a climate change charity.
Gilmour, who is selling famed instruments such as the 1969 Black Stratocaster which he played on iconic albums including The Dark Side Of The Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals and The Wall.
Having already committed the money to the global warming cause, Gilmour has now announced that the auction at Christies in New York will be raising money exclusively for ClientEarth—an organisation made up of lawyers and environmental experts who are fighting to save the planet.
“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,” Gilmour told the charity’s website. “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.”
Speaking about the auction specifically, Gilmour added: “Many of the guitars in this sale are guitars that have given me a tune, so a lot of them have earned their keep, you might say. These guitars have given so much to me, and it’s time for them to move on to other people who hopefully will find joy and perhaps create something new.”
Of the 120 guitars, Gilmour is selling Fender models of Broadcasters, Esquires, Telecasters and Stratocasters.
ClientEarth’s CEO James Thornton adds: “I’d like to express my deep and heartfelt gratitude to David Gilmour for this utterly remarkable gift.
“David has a long history of supporting charities and I am honoured that he has chosen ClientEarth to benefit from this landmark auction.
“ClientEarth is working across the world, using the law to fight climate change and protect nature, and this gift will do an enormous amount to support our efforts to ensure a sustainable and hospitable planet for future generations.”