NEW YORK, N.Y.-
On October 11, Christies
will present The Richard Gere Guitar Collection. The sale will offer approximately 110 lots, which will include a broad representation of vintage American guitars from the marquee names of C.F. Martin, Gibson, Fender, Gretsch and Epiphone, and a selection of amplifiers, as well as iconic guitars that belonged to Albert King, Peter Tosh and James D'Aquisto. The sale is expected to realize in the region of $1,000,000.
As a leading Hollywood figure, Richard Gere is known for his dynamic roles and iconic characters, but he is also an accomplished musician and played in such films as Cotton Club and Pretty Woman among others. Mr. Gere studied trumpet, and he is a self-taught pianist and guitarist who has played since his youth. With a passion for American vintage guitars, Mr. Gere amassed a personal collection built upon their playability and craftsmanship. Kept and played in his home and office, Mr. Geres collection has been under wraps until now.
Richard Gere said: Ive 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 its more than a little painful to let them go, each one has been played, loved and appreciated- and will be again. All my proceeds from this sale will go to support humanitarian causes around the world.
Kerry Keane, Head of Musical Instruments Department, said: "Each guitar in this sale began as an instrument that Richard Gere purchased for himself, because he saw something brilliant, whether it was for its tonal quality, playability or sheer beauty. What transpired over a lifetime is an almost encyclopedic representation of American guitar making. This is an exciting opportunity for collectors and fans alike to take advantage of Mr. Geres unrecognized talent for creating a cohesive collection."
*C.F.MARTIN AND COMPANY A GUITAR, STYLE D-28, NAZARETH, PA., 1931 Estimate: $50,000-70,000, The first Style D-28 designated by the C.F. Martin Company
*GIBSON INCORPORATED EX-ALBERT KING A SOLID-BODY ELECTRIC GUITAR, FLYING V KALAMAZOO, MI, 1958 Estimate: $60,000-90,000 Documented as a pre-production prototype by Gibson Incorporated, the guitar was formally the property of Albert King.
*JOHN DANGELICO AN ARCHTOP GUITAR, STYLE EXEL, NEW YORK, 1935 Estimate: $10,000-15,000 Formerly the property of James D Aquisto
*FENDER ELECTRIC INSTRUMENT COMPANY A SOLID-BODY ELECTRIC GUITAR, TELECASTER FULLERTON, CA., 1953 Estimate: $15,000-25,000
*GIBSON INCORPORATED AN ELECTRIC GUITAR, STYLE ES-335 TD KALAMZOO, MI., 1960 Estimate: $20,000-30,000
*FENDER ELECTRIC INSTRUMENT COMPANY A SOLID-BODY ELECTRIC GUITAR, STRATOCASTER FULLERTON, CA., 1954 Estimate: $30,000-40,000