Recognized primarily for his roles in major motion pictures like as An Officer and a Gentleman, American Gigolo, Pretty Woman and Chicago, Richard Gere the guitarist and collector of classic American guitars is less well known.
On October 11, Christie’s will focus this fine collection which will feature approximately 110 lots, including a broad representation of vintage American guitars from iconic names such as C.F. Martin, Gibson, Fender, Gretsch and Epiphone with some of the instruments having the additional distinction of having belonged to such musical talents as Albert King and Peter Tosh.
Richard Gere said: “I’ve 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 it’s more than a little painful to let them go, each one has been played, loved and appreciated- and will be again.”
Kerry Keane, Head of the Musical Instruments Department at Christie’s 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. Gere’s unrecognized talent for creating a cohesive collection.”
The sale is expected to realize $1,000,000 and will be used to support humanitarian causes around the world.
All photos courtesy of Christie’s.