“I just f—king love Pink Floyd, man.”
That love is apparently worth over $5 million, the amount Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay spent on guitars and memorabilia from Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour at a Christie’s auction in late June in New York.
Irsay, an avid fan of Floyd since the 1970s, spent a record $3.975 million on the guitarist’s black 1969 Fender Stratocaster (dubbed the”Black Strat”), $175K on a Pink Floyd-branded flight case and over a million dollars on a 1969 Martin D-35 that Gilmour used to record “Wish You Were Here,” according to Rolling Stone.
In a follow-up interview with the music mag, Irsay — adding to his profanity-laced love of the band — noted, “I think [Roger] Waters’ lyrics and Gilmour’s playing and their whole story and prominence is just so profound that I cannot say enough about my excitement for this. … David Gilmour stands by himself.”
Irsay, who earlier this year purchased John Lennon’s personal piano at a different auction, says he wants to honor the Pink Floyd guitarist’s wishes and actually play music with the guitars.
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