Rolling Stone reports Jim Irsay, lifelong Pink Floyd fan and billionaire owner of the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts, was the man responsible for spending a record-breaking $3,975,000 on Gilmour’s famed “Black Strat,” the Floyd frontman’s instrument of choice on the band’s iconic Seventies classics.
“I just love Pink Floyd, man, I cannot deny it,” says Irsay. “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.”
Placing his bids through a proxy, Irsay picked up another Gilmour artifact just prior to snagging the Black Strat, dropping $175,000 on the Pink Floyd-branded flight case that housed the guitar for decades.
“If I don’t get the guitar, I’ll look like a jackass,” laughs the collector, who also owns axes originally played by Elvis Presley, John Lennon, Bob Dylan and Prince, among others. “But I love Strats, and this is the Strat. This is the one that was the signature guitar for those incredible Floyd leads.”
The Christie’s event also saw Irsay add a third Gilmour piece to his collection when he bid $1,095,000 for the 1969 Martin D-35 Gilmour used to record “Wish You Were Here.” Read more watch a video of the auction – here.