In pictures: Richard Gere guitar collection auction highlights

23rd Aug 2011 | 14:20

In pictures: Richard Gere guitar collection auction highlights
1954 Fender Stratocaster
Estimate: $30,000-40,000

11 October sees Christie's in NYC host The Richard Gere Guitar Collection, an auction of around 110 lots that includes an array of sumptuous vintage instruments and amplifiers.

You didn't know that the An Officer & A Gentleman star was into guitars? Here's what he has to say on the matter: "I've had a love affair with guitars since I was a kid. They have been my true friends through the best and worst of times.

"I never planned to put together a collection, I just bought ones that I liked, the ones that sounded good and played well. Some are very special. Although it's more than a little painful to let them go, each one has been played, loved and appreciated, and will be again."

The auction is expected to raise in excess of $1,000,000. Visit Christie's for more, but first check out the seriously drool-worthy highlights that follow...

In pictures: Richard Gere guitar collection auction highlights
1954 Fender Stratocaster (headstock detail)
Estimate: $30,000-40,000
In pictures: Richard Gere guitar collection auction highlights
1931 Martin D-28
Estimate: $50,000-70,000
In pictures: Richard Gere guitar collection auction highlights
1931 Martin D-28 (headstock detail)
Estimate: $50,000-70,000
In pictures: Richard Gere guitar collection auction highlights
1958 Gibson Flying V
Estimate: $60,000-90,000

Documented as a pre-production prototype by Gibson, this guitar was formally the property of Albert King.

In pictures: Richard Gere guitar collection auction highlights
1958 Gibson Flying V (headstock detail)
Estimate: $60,000-90,000

Documented as a pre-production prototype by Gibson, this guitar was formally the property of Albert King.

In pictures: Richard Gere guitar collection auction highlights
Fender 1953 Telecaster
Estimate: $15,000-25,000
In pictures: Richard Gere guitar collection auction highlights
Fender 1953 Telecaster (headstock detail)
Estimate: $15,000-25,000
In pictures: Richard Gere guitar collection auction highlights
1935 D'Angelico Exel
Estimate: $10,000-15,000

Formerly the property of James D’ Aquisto

In pictures: Richard Gere guitar collection auction highlights
1935 D'Angelico Exel (headstock detail)
Estimate: $10,000-15,000

Formerly the property of James D’ Aquisto

In pictures: Richard Gere guitar collection auction highlights
1960 Gibson ES-335 TD
Estimate: $20,000-30,000
In pictures: Richard Gere guitar collection auction highlights
1960 Gibson ES-335 TD (headstock detail)
Estimate: $20,000-30,000
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