A selection of guitars and amps from Richard Gere''s personal collection. All photos: CHRISTIE''S IMAGES LTD. 2011

"Gere purchased this Strat from either We Buy Guitars or Accent in New York City on West 48th Street in 1979. Richard Friedman of We Buy Guitars recalls, ""Richard [Gere] was a regular visitor to our shops and was one of the very few ever allowed behind the counter. I remember that customers would walk in and he would jump up and start helping out, handing guitars over the counter. He was a joy to work with. He always negotiated the price and was very good at it but he was always a pleasure to serve. I remember when I sold him this guitar. I told him to keep the Bakelite parts because they were going to be valuable someday."" Estimate $20,000 - $30,000."