Highlights include an Albert King-owned 1958 Flying V prototype, 1931 Martin D-28, and 1954 Fender Strat.

New York, NY (August 22, 2011) -- On October 11, Christie’s 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. Gere’s collection has been under wraps until now.

Highlights include:


(L to R) 1931 Martin D-28 (est. $50,000 - $70,000), 1958 Gibson Flying V Prototype (Albert King-owned, est. $60,000 - $90,000), and 1935 John D'Angelico Exel (James D'Aquisto-owned, est. $10,000 - $15,000)


(L to R) 1953 Fender Telecaster (est. $15,000 - $25,000), 1960 Gibson ES-335 TD (est. $20,000 - $30,000), 1954 Fender Stratocaster (est. $30,000 - $40,000)
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Beginner

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