Crisis auction

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News of another upcoming guitar auction for you, this one courtesy of the lovely ladies at Buy Once Give Twice.

And this time it will benefit Crisis, the homelessness charity that’s close to David’s heart.

Again, it’s a Fender Stratocaster, but this Fender Stratocaster – get ready for this, folks – has been individually painted by the legendary Gerald Scarfe, best known among Floyd fans for his artwork for ‘The Wall’ album, film and live shows.

It’s also been signed by David and Pink Floyd members past and present.

More details than those given here will follow in due course, but the winning bidder will also become the proud owner of the first edition of a limited edition box set containing eight ‘Wall’ prints, each of which has been signed by Gerald, as well as a signed book.

You have to register your interest in bidding, which you can do by sending an e-mail here. Serious bidders only, please. The closing date has yet to be decided, so do sign up to be kept up-to-date on developments. Of course, I’ll keep any casual observers updated here.

If the cream Strat auctioned in New York last month went for $60,000, what would you expect the winning bidder to pay for this truly unique instrument?

Author: FEd

Features Editor of David Gilmour’s official blog, The Blog (‘Features’ previously being its rather naff title), affectionately – or lazily – shortened to ‘FEd’.

51 thoughts on “Crisis auction”

  1. I’d say about $185,000…give or take $15,000. That’s my guess…

    Random Musings: I wonder how the logistics in arranging Scarfe to paint the guitar and then obtaining Floyd members signatures past and present would work? I imagine a third party. Of course what I’m not wondering out loud was whether David was involved in the logistics…which of course I just put out there…not that it matters…I’m just making noise now…

    Bob Klose is Pink Floyd…

  2. Hello, sorry to be slightly off topic but…

    Everyone always screams about the 001 Stratocaster David owns. What I’d like to know is, does David still have the ’48 Broadcaster? Now that’s a piece of history!

    [I’ll try and find out for you. – FEd]

  3. I’d say this guitar will sell for 80,000 easy. I’ll just watch, thank you.

    [Please click your name above to see a Gerald Scarfe hand-painted Gibson, which raised £10,500 last year for the Princes Trust, Teenage Cancer Trust and Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy. I don’t know if that will alter your estimates. It wasn’t signed by the band, of course. – FEd]

  4. $60,000 for the cream Strat? I’d suggest it will be closer to £60,000 for this beauty.

    It has been suggested to me that it’s my turn to win the lottery this week, so once the cash has been deposited into my account I’ll be registering for the auction.

    One can only dream.


  5. Hey FE’d

    would you want to mention that Mr Scarfe, a great artistic influence on myself, along with The Floyd, recieved a CBE from Queenie herself!?

    think they sold him short with just a CBE! 😮

    but then again he has done some truly great caricatures so I guess that might have had an influence.

    the Gibson SG Wall version he did was stunning looking forward to seeing this ‘bad boy’. personally if I had the cash to be even in with a shout I’d definitely bid.


    [I hear you. One of my favourite Sunday Times cartoons is this one (click your name). – FEd]

  6. $60-90k

    This is like ‘The Price is Right’!

    Have a nice day, and don’t forget to get your critters spayed or neutered. 🙂

  7. Hmmmm….this is a tough one. The cream Strat was owned and played by DG. This one is signed by the members of PF on a special designed guitar and comes with some additional goodies. This one also appears to be an online auction instead of a live auction, which I also believe will keep the prices down.

    Therefore I will estimate that this one will fetch about 20,000 pounds (approximately $40,000). That is still a heck of a lot of money for a guitar. The grim and fortunate thing is that all the members are still alive otherwise it would be significantly more.



  8. I’ll be guessing at £17,500.

    Hope it goes for more though. Crisis is a superb charity and I hope they get as much as possible for their cause.

  9. One would hope that this auction would raise enough money to permanently end homelessness. That’s a very high hope. One guitar, one artist, one auction house acting on its own, cannot possibly do it all. To really make a dent in this huge humanitarian crisis, we all need to get together to do our share.

    So what do I do? I lend my teaching skills to a homeless shelter in the city where I live. I volunteer to help clients get their G.E.D. (the equivalent of a High School diploma). Education is a tool that they can use to pull themselves out of their situation. Some of my students have done it, have used their education to get a job, and then to get an apartment and get off the streets. I also help them to obtain mental health services, access to food pantries or medical care, whatever it is that they need.

    I make a difference. But I’m only one man, in one shelter, in one city. We can all get involved in our own unique way to make a difference. Every bit helps.

    [Indeed. As Michael Jackson said in better times, “If you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and make a change (na-na-na, na-na-na, na-na, na-na).” – FEd]

  10. Hi FEd,

    surely an artist to admire and a good idea to earn some money for a good purpose, but my wallet isn’t capable enough. 😉

    Best regards,


  11. [One of my favourite Sunday Times cartoons is this one (click your name). – FEd]

    Hey FE’d

    yeah, love that one too!

    whenever I try and do Tony Blair it always ends up as a Scarfe rip-off! 🙂

    I’ve come to terms with my short-comings, lol

    thanks FE’d!

  12. I think it will be less than the ‘cream’ as that was ‘vintage’ and ‘owned by’ which is probably more desirable than one that has just been decorated with a design and signatures. So I’ll plump for somewhere around £20K too.

    [One of my favourite Sunday Times cartoons is this one… – FEd]

    I like it! Lots of good ones on Gerald’s site, especially the one titled ‘What Price Blair’s Memoirs’.

  13. [As Michael Jackson said in better times, “If you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and make a change (na-na-na, na-na-na, na-na, na-na).” – FEd]

    I’d give real money to hear you sing that live….

  14. “What would you expect the winning bidder to pay for this truly unique instrument?”

    I dread to the think what price it will sell for but I bet it will be someone who owns a Porsche Cayenne i.e. more money than sense. 🙂

  15. Gerald Scarfe’s images/drawings often make me feel very uncomfortable…


  16. I took my son on a father/son passage of rites programme recently and one of the strongest messages I got from this was that to help your son’s life you need to firstly help yourself.

    I’m sure this can be altered to say that to improve the society we live in we first need to improve ourselves. The homeless people helped by Crisis would probably need less help if our population wasn’t so hung-up on greed!

    I know this has nothing to do with the guitar auction Fed, but it’s something that has been floating around in my head since the camp.

    Anyway I hope the guitar fetches heaps, say $30k. How about we have a new special day called ‘Let’s help someone else day’?


  17. Hi FED, guitar signed by the members of Floyd and present band members will be priceless and my guess is over $100,000.00 U.S.

    [I have to say that I don’t yet know for sure who will be signing it. More on that soon. – FEd]

  18. If I was rich I would pay easily upwards of $100,000.

    What a piece of Floyd memorabilia to own. I think I’ll take out a mortgage on this.


  19. My guess is at least £30k or $60k. It all depends on who signs it. If all four Floyds sign it, it could go for more like £50k or $100k.

    I think a Strat will appeal more to Floyd fans than a Gibson. The hand-painted Gibson went for £10,500, but there were no band signatures and the signed box set also sounds pretty cool.

  20. [I’d give real money to hear you sing that live…. – Angelo “Thriller” Ortiz]


    If I were to sing that live, you’d be paying quite a lot to get your hearing restored! Better to give that money to Crisis and spare yourself the pain.

  21. [Gerald Scarfe’s images/drawings often make me feel very uncomfortable… – Michèle]

    That’s the idea ‘Chele, he’s the anti-Rockwell…

  22. Hey FE’d

    hate to do this, it so by all means don’t post the message but if you look further down the buy1give2 site there’s a dinner date with Britt Ekland too!

    where’s my penny jar!?!! 🙂

  23. Nothing to do with the auction….but just back from watching Billy Connolly in Belfast, sides very sore!


  24. But who do you favor now winning in the Euro Cup 2008? And who is the dark horse? Or is it moot since the UK never qualified?



    [It’s Germany or Spain for me. – FEd]

  25. David, I have been a Pink Floyd fan since Dark Side of the Moon came out and have every thing you made since then. I truly love the way you play the guitar. I think you are the best I’ve ever heard. I have the PULSE DVD and that is my Sunday afternoon fix of Floyd for the week. I also have a pair of Dark Side of the Moon pants I wear a lot. I’m a true fan and love your solo work, such as Remember That Night.

    I live in the States and really wish you would come to the States again. I live in Arkansas and have mulitpule sclerosis so I can’t travel far but would do my best to come see you play. I love watching you play cause you smile so much, which to me shows you really enjoy your music. And I do as well.

    Please come to the States again. I have a close friend from England and she tells me when your chat room is open my time, but I don’t have a computer at home so I keep missing them. But I would truly love to hear from you. It would be the only moment in my life that I would treasure deeply.

    [Thanks for writing, Carol. David doesn’t visit the chatroom, by the way, so please don’t worry about missing out on the chance to chat with him. (If chatting with fans is enough for you, of course, you’d always be very welcome.) I hope you’ll see David perform one day. – FEd]

  26. [there’s a dinner date with Britt Ekland too – dognamedblue]

    Just don’t order the trout as Britt doesn’t find cannibalism a turn on…

  27. I really like the music clips on the main page. :))

    I hope you all have a lovely weekend.

  28. [But who do you favor now winning in the Euro Cup 2008? – Andrew]

    My money (literally) is on Spain but I think the crazy Dutch boys have a great chance.

    Forgot to answer the question in hand …. I think that the big money only goes to a “piece of history” – i.e A guitar played by an artist.

    A special art work on no particular guitar will not go for as much imho, even though an original work by Scarfe and then autographs will certainly have a value …

    So my guess = $20k

  29. Off topic but just received a mail that Planet Rock has been saved by a consortium including a few old rockers …

    Well done bloggers, a little raised awareness can go a long way.

  30. DAVID,

    Please, please, please come to the States. How about BONNAROO next year? You would be the best thing to ever happen to that festival!! And I would be front row!!

    Love ya always.

    Take care

  31. Sorry, but I find this is ridiculous. This kind of thing should be done by an online raffle of some sort, not very fair that yet again only the super rich have any chance of getting their hands on it.

    A raffle would surely generate far more cash and give the everyday hard working man/woman a fighting chance at owning something like this. Let’s say, $10 (£5) a ticket, can you imagine how many people around the world would buy into that, and how much more money could be made for such a worthy cause?

  32. Off topic –

    I’ve been listening to Division Bell a lot over the last week or two. I can’t get over what a beautiful musical piece “Cluster One” is.

    My high hope is that David Gilmour would compose “Cluster Two” to compliment “Cluster One” in Division Bell… wouldn’t that be nice!!!

    [Very nice. – FEd]

  33. [A raffle would surely generate far more cash and give the everyday hard working man/woman a fighting chance at owning something like this. – MAH]

    I agree with this.

    If David ever auctions off his guitar collection, I hope he would consider something like this.

  34. [Just don’t order the trout as Britt doesn’t find cannibalism a turn on… – Parish]

    there’s a rude joke in there Parish, but I believe FE’d would ban me


    ps – turkey vs russia in the final? who’d have thunk it?

  35. [What I’d like to know is, does David still have the ’48 Broadcaster? – syncopa]

    Sorry for the delay. Phil Taylor tells me that David does still have his Broadcaster.

  36. o/t:

    I’m quite hurt with Planet Rock.

    Whilst I would never even think of claiming that my trying to raise awareness through bulletin posts, blogs, banners, links etc (or even offering to do free illustration/design work) via sites like myspace or facebook has even brought another listener in to the fold, let alone helped in anyway to save it, I have no idea why, at their website forum, whenever I make a post (and their myspace page) it gets deleted, pretty much straight away – not the slightest clue. I’ve even stopped posting now.

    There was a question in their forum ‘why do you only play one Pink Floyd song?’ I did want to post that in fact they have played music from the PatGoD, More, ObC, DSotM, WYWH, Animals, The Wall AMLoR, BD albums, solo albums, (not to mention GP), but I didn’t.

    OK, my whinge of the day is over. 🙁


    [Is that one Pink Floyd song ‘The Nile Song’, by any chance? Blimey. – FEd]

  37. incredible! thanx FEd.

    any possiblity of seeing an updated pic? i know, i know… give ’em an inch…

    [Sorry, mate. – FEd]

  38. By the way, I’ll be rooting for Russia. Someone has to root for the underdog, albeit it also being my native country.



    [They’re looking good. They made the Dutch look quite ordinary the other night. – FEd]

  39. [Is that one Pink Floyd song ‘The Nile Song’, by any chance? Blimey. – FEd]

    hehe, sometimes I hear that on a daily basis myself FE’d

    I think the one song he keeps hearing is “on the turning away” from AMLoR


    [I don’t think I’ve ever heard them play that one. But ‘The Nile Song’… Is it every hour? On the hour, in place of the news? Seems like it. – FEd]

  40. Quick update:

    David has signed the guitar’s pick-guard. All four members of Pink Floyd will sign it.

    There is also a signed photo of David (with David Bowie at the Royal Albert Hall) up for auction, again to benefit Crisis. Please click the link at the top of this comment to see it.

    You’ll need to bid £80 or more, if you want it. Bidding ends on 24 July.

    More updates soon.

  41. FEd. Interesting updated info on the auction. Certainly a guitar signed by all four members will make it more attractive but I will stand by my first estimate listed above.

    As for the photo. 80 pounds is quite a bit and I’m always torn on the premise of the phrase “but it is for charity.” Technically we should give without the need to get back. But then I don’t always follow that philosophy. In fact, I’m still waiting to get my Storm Thorgersen signed poster for a $50 donation I made earlier this year. They tell me that the posters are still in the UK waiting for his signature.

    I’m sure I’ll get it eventually and I realize this has nothing to do with you or with DG management.



    [Sorry to hear about the poster, Andrew. I hope you get it soon. – FEd]

  42. They’re all going to sign it, even Roger? I still think £20,000-£25,000.

    [Even Roger, yes. Roger has already signed it. – FEd]

  43. [They’re all going to sign it, even Roger? – Ben]

    Gosh, why does everyone think there is such deep divide between Roger and the other members of PF? Just because they are no longer a group doesn’t mean they can’t be civil to one another. In fact, I think David displayed that quite well on the DVD.

    Remember, they had a lot of good times together too.



  44. “It’s also been signed by David and Pink Floyd members past and present.”

    That seems to be an awkward way to put that, since “past” would include Bob Klose and Syd Barrett.

    [Quite right, although highly unlikely, of course. My apologies. – FEd]

  45. [Gosh, why does everyone think there is such deep divide between Roger and the other members of PF? Just because they are no longer a group doesn’t mean they can’t be civil to one another. – Andrew]

    I didn’t mean it like that, just that it will probably affect the price if Roger signs it as well.

    The signed photo is now at £100.

  46. I’m guessing the guitar auction has not launched yet as it is not showing up as an item. Or will it not show on the website?

    Also, I notice that the with the photo with David & David, it states that 90% of the proceeds will be going to Crisis. Do you know where the other 10% will go? Is it the cut for the website operator, Buy Once, Give Twice?



    [Click your name (it goes towards the running costs of the Buy Once Give Twice site). – FEd]

  47. Thanks for clarifying. I figured as much. Just wonder if they end up with a windfall. Not saying that people shouldn’t get paid but getting paid at the expense of charity just seems a bit off.

    In other words, this auction website runs auctions on behalf of charities. The auctions are substantial items such as dinner with a celebrity, signed memorabilia, etc. In some cases I can imagine that the bidding could get quite significant and 10% of that goes to the website.

    I don’t dispute that there are costs associated with running the company. I just hope that the owners are not jetsetting in private planes and driving around Lamborghinis at the expense of charities.

    Does that make sense?



    [It makes perfect sense and I couldn’t agree with you more. It seems that nothing in this world is simple; there’s always someone getting a cut far greater than you’d think they ought to be getting for their part played. So yes, I hear you loud and clear. It’s very hard not to be cynical, isn’t it? And sadly, because of that, I’m sure the genuinely concerned get tarred with the same brush and are thought of as shameless profiteers when, really, they’re not. Shame, really. – FEd]

  48. 10% of £20,000-£25,000 is for website running costs?! That’s £2,000-£2,500!

    [Which would soften the blow of being (perhaps unfairly) thought of as a shameless profiteer quite nicely, I should think. – FEd]

  49. Sorry to harp on this but I just wanted to add that even that very famous auction site doesn’t charge 10% in commissions. In the U.S., their top end is 8.75% on the intial $25 and then the percentage scales down as low as 1.5% on amounts greater than $1,000. And that is for just selling anything on the site.

    If you are posting something for charity, they discount the fees they charge for selling and you only pay a fee if you are not donating 100% to the charity.

    Browsing quickly on the Buy Once, Give Twice site, there is currently just over 9,000 pounds in bids. Granted that is only 900 pounds for the site. But we know that this is not what these items will sell for. The prices will rise as the auctions get closer to the end.

    I certainly don’t want to discourage anyone from bidding on items on this site. I just think you need to also be aware and the 10% policy just seems a bit excessive to me.



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