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David Gilmour breaks records in a bid to fight climate change

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Pink Floyd Guitarist, David Gilmour has auctioned off his one of a kind guitar collection in a move to fight climate change. The auction broke several records. 

Firstly, for the largest guitar collection sold at a charity auction, receiving bids from 2,000 bidders in 66 countries. Secondly, most expensive guitar collection sold at a charity auction, achieving $21,198,250 or £16,624,700, if you prefer. Finally, was the most expensive guitar sold at a charity auction, featuring ‘The Black Strat’, selling for $3,975,000 (£3,154,670) in under a minute.

‘The Black Strat’ is known for featuring in several of Pink Floyd’s biggest albums, including The Dark Side of The Moon (1973), Wish You Were Here (1975), Animals (1977) and The Wall (1979).

Watch ‘The Black Strat’ auction here:

All of this was a result of Gilmour being moved by Greta Thunberg’s message on climate change. The proceeds went to charity Client Earth, which takes the legal steps needed to fight climate change.

“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 Gilmour on Twitter.

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