When David Gilmour Raised $21 Million To Save The World

David Gilmour is a prolific guitarist who became internationally recognized as a member of Pink Floyd. He joined the band back in 1967 as the guitarist and co-lead vocalist before Syd Barrett’s departure. During Gilmour’s tenure, Pink Floyd became one of the most iconic and critically acclaimed acts in music history, with millions of records sold worldwide.

Apart from his music career in Pink Floyd, Gilmour is also known for his charity work. He has taken part in several projects and supported charities related to the issues of animal rights, homelessness, environmentalism, human rights, and poverty. At one time, the guitarist even raised a total of $21 million to fight climate change.

David Gilmour Raised $21 Million For An Environmentalist Charity By Auctioning 120 Of His Guitars

On June 20, 2019, David Gilmour auctioned 126 guitars from his collection for a climate-change charity. He also included his famous ‘Black Strat’ in the auction. As you may already know, it was the guitar Gilmour used during the recording of ‘The Dark Side Of The Moon.’

The Black Strat was sold for $3,975,000, breaking the record of the most expensive guitar ever sold at an auction. Moreover, Gilmour raised a total of $21,490,750 after selling his guitars. All the proceeds went to the charity ClientEarth, an international group trying to find solutions to fight climate change.

A day before the sale, Gilmour posted a series of tweets in which he declared the purpose of the auction. He stated that the climate crisis is humanity’s greatest challenge and its effects are on the verge of being almost irreversible. Moreover, the Pink Floyd frontman also said that he hopes the sale would help ClientEarth’s cause, and the world needs to be saved for those guitars to be played.

David Gilmour tweeted that:

“I am pleased to announce that all the proceeds from the Gilmour Guitars Sale at Christie’s in New York tomorrow will be donated to the charity ClientEarth.

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.

As Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish climate activist said in a speech earlier this year, ‘Either we choose to go on as a civilization, or we don’t.’

The choice really is that simple, and 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 civilized world that goes on for all our grandchildren and beyond in which these guitars can be played and songs can be sung. David.”

It appears that David Gilmour didn’t hesitate to sell all of his beloved guitars for the world’s future. Besides, he also gained the world’s appreciation with this gesture.

You can check out the tweets below.