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Colts Owner Jim Irsay Spends Record $3.975M on David Gilmour Guitar at Auction

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistJune 21, 2019

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - NOVEMBER 24: Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay looks on before the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 24, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Steelers defeated the Colts 28-7. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay shelled out a record amount of money in order to get his hands on a David Gilmour guitar.

According to the Indianapolis Star's David Lindquist, Irsay dropped $3.975 million on "The Black Strat," a 1969 black Fender Stratocaster, at an auction on Thursday. The guitar belonged to Gilmour, a member of the rock band Pink Floyd.

The previous auction record was $2.7 million, per Lindquist.

That hefty purchase was only part of Irsay's haul, though. He also took home a 1969 Martin D-35 acoustic guitar for $1.095 million and the travel case for "The Black Strat" for $175,000. All in all, he shelled out $5.245 million, which, according to Lindquist, made up 24 percent of the auction's sales.

Irsay let it be known ahead of the auction that he had his eyes on "The Black Strat." While calling Gilmour the "greatest 'phrasing' guitarist in the world," the 60-year-old Colts owner noted the auction was for charity:

Jim Irsay @JimIrsay

The incomparable David Gilmour.. the greatest “phrasing” guitarist in the world!! Honored to bring The Black Strat to the public. The most expensive guitar EVER purchased. And for charity!!!

Jim Irsay @JimIrsay

Over$4 million for the Black Strat and co!! A record purchase. Honored to support Gilmour’s charity ClientEarth.

Meanwhile, he will be sending Gilmour a special piece of memorabilia:

Jim Irsay @JimIrsay

A 75 Colts jersey with Luck’s autograph is on its way for David Gilmour. Now 75 years old! His contribution to music in the 60s and 70s... will never be another like him again!!

A win-win all around.

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