On a sunny June morning, billionaire Jim Irsay spent $4 million at an auction. He bid for an electric guitar, and won.
A 1969 black Fender Stratocaster, previously owned by David Gilmour, is now possessed by Irsay.
David Gilmour, who has been a member of Pink Floyd since 1967, played the auctioned guitar in recordings of the albums "The dark side of the moon", "Wish you were here", "Animals" and "The wall".
The Stratocaster was not the only item Irsay picked up from the auction. His other collectibles include a travel case for the electric guitar ($175,000) and a 1969 Martin D-35 acoustic guitar ($1.095 million).
Christie, the auction house, projected a sale price of the black Strat to lie somewhere between $100,000 to $150,000. But the guitar's $3.975 million price tag shattered speculations, eclipsing a previous guitar auction record of $2.7 million.
Gilmour, the psychedelic rock legend, sold more than 120 guitars, amplifiers and travel cases. He recently announced that all proceeds from the auction will directly be donated to ClientEarth, an environmental law organisation with an announced mission of climate change.
Upon receiving the guitar, Jim Irsay was ecstatic. However, this is not the first time he has owned an instrument by a famous rockstar. His prized collections include instruments of John Lennon, Prince and Ringo Starr.
These items from Irsay's collection were on display at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art as part of an exhibit titled "Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock & Roll."