The Richard Gere Vintage Guitar Collection

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IMG_0477The Hollywood star of “Pretty Woman,” “An Officer and a Gentleman” and “Chicago” is also a guitar player? Really?

Yes, Richard Gere is both an accomplished musician (piano, trumpet and guitar) and has accumulated one of the largest collections of vintage guitars. And, yet, after devoting 20 years to searching, saving and salvaging vintage instruments including amps, he decided to sell the lot at Christie’s auction house in NYC today.

The house was packed to the rafters with bidder mania. His 1958 Gibson Flying V and 1960 electric Les Paul sold at a premium. The bidding started for both around $60,000 then quickly proceeded upwards to $74,500 and $98,500 respectively.

Each of Gere’s guitars produce a unique sound that many say have come to symbolize “Rock and Roll”. Blues guitarist Albert King, Jamaican reggae musician Peter Tosh and acclaimed American guitar maker James D’Aquisto all owned one or more of Gere’s guitars before he bought them.