Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour Raises $21.5M to Fight Climate Change with Guitar Auction

David Gilmour of Pink Floyd
David Gilmour in Munich, Germany, 2006. Photo: Deep Schismic.

David Gilmour of Pink Floyd has just auctioned off his extensive guitar collection, comprised of 126 instruments, for $21,490,750, reports CNN. This is the most comprehensive collection of guitars ever sold at auction, according to the auction house Christie’s. All proceeds from the auction will be donated to the nonprofit ClientEarth.

ClientEarth is a nonprofit that “uses the power of the law to protect the planet and the people who live on it,” says on the organization’s website. “We are lawyers and environmental experts who are fighting against climate change and to protect nature and the environment.”

On Twitter, David said he decided to direct the proceeds from the auction to fight climate change because “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.”

Here’s David talking about what inspired him to auction his guitar collection:

Here’s a guided tour of the guitar collection:

ClientEarth’s CEO, James Thornton, said of the monumental donation, “This is a truly humbling and extraordinary gift, which goes beyond our wildest expectations. It’s difficult to express just how deeply grateful we are to David for choosing ClientEarth as the beneficiary of this historic auction.”

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