David Gilmour Sells His Guitars For A Record-Breaking $21.5 million For Climate Change

Rocker David Gilmour, a member of Pink Floyd, one of the most commercially successful and influential groups in popular music history, recently auctioned 120 guitars from his massive collection for over $21 million and donated it all to fighting global warming.

Few musicians can boast of a more successful career than that of David Jon Gilmour, an English singer, songwriter, and guitarist who was a member of the progressive rock band Pink Floyd. However, he recently came into the limelight with his record-breaking charity guitar auction which broke the record this year for the largest guitar collection sold at a charity auction.

Gilmour, 73, has had an interesting run both as a solo musician and as a member of Pink Floyd. Although most people today may not be familiar with this hugely successful rock band, they were a huge deal in the 80s. Pink Floyd was an English rock band sensation that achieved international acclaim with their progressive music, philosophical lyrics, sonic experimentation, extended compositions, and elaborate live shows.

He joined the band as guitarist and co-lead vocalist in 1968 and by the early 1980s, they had become one of the best-selling and most acclaimed acts in music history. He later assumed leadership in 1985. By 2012, the band had sold more than 250 million records worldwide before disbanding in 2014. 

During this time, he was inducted into both the UK Music Hall of Fame and the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Gilmour was awarded the Outstanding Contribution title at the 2008 Q-Awards and made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire. He was also ranked number 14 on the Rolling Stone’s list of the greatest guitarists of all time  and voted number 36 in the greatest voices in rock by Planet Rock listeners in 2009. 

With this impressive list of accomplishments, it’s no surprise that an auction of Gilmour’s guitars would bring so much attention especially since it is for a worthy cause – to combat climate change.