Richard Gere's Guitar Gear Scores Big at Auction

10/13/2011
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(Gibson) A collection of vintage guitars owned by actor Richard Gere sold for nearly $1 million at auction on October 11. Fetching the highest sum was a 1960 Gibson Les Paul, which drew a winning bid of $98,500.

As reported by Bloomberg News, the proceedings, which were held at Christie's auction house, were attended by a roomful of guitar aficionados, among them Steve Miller and model-singer-songwriter Karen Elson. Miller's appearance was being filmed as part of a forthcoming documentary titled Burst: In Search of a Perfect Guitar, which chronicles the veteran player's quest to find a pristine 1959 Les Paul Standard Sunburst. "I wasn't tempted by anything," Miller said, following the proceedings. "I have 450 guitars."

Other notable instruments sold from Gere's collection included a 1958 Gibson Flying V, which went for $74,500, and a Gibson ES-335TD, which drew a winning bid of $9,500 more on this story

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