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Beat the System: Another Pink Floyd record: David Gilmour’s guitar sells for nearly $4 million at auction

BOSTON — You think Pink Floyd is old news?

It’s been 40 years since the legendary rock group released its iconic album “The Wall,” and nearly 50 since they issued the record-breaking “Dark Side of the Moon.”

But fans — and memorabilia collectors — packed Christie’s auction house in New York on Thursday night to bid record amounts for a collection of guitars being sold by David Gilmour, the British band’s guitarist.

A black Fender Stratocaster that Gilmour played for the recording of the two famous albums fetched $3.98 million, and the total collection a hefty $21.5 million. Christie’s said these were the highest prices ever paid at auction for a single guitar, or a collection of musical instruments.

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