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

"Richard Gere will auction his collection of vintage instruments on October 11, 2011 with Christies in New York City. In the auction's catalog, Gere says, ""I've had a love affair with [guitars] since I was a kid...Without ever thinking I was putting a collection together, there seems to be one...I remember when and why I got each of them and it's a more than a little painful to let them go. There are some real killer guitars here. But the time has come."" Gere says proceeds from the auction will go to humanitarian causes around the world. "