Belfast Telegraph

Gere's guitars go under-the-hammer

Richard Gere's collection of American vintage guitars has fetched nearly one million dollars at auction in New York City.

The sale of 110 guitars and amplifiers at Christie's auction house included brands such as CF Martin, Gibson, Fender and Gretsch and guitars once owned by blues guitarist BB King and reggae musician Peter Tosh.

The top sale went to a 1960 solid-body Les Paul electric guitar by Gibson, which sold for more than 98,000 dollars.

The actor said he's parting with the instruments to support global humanitarian causes. Christie's said the Pretty Woman star studied trumpet and is a self-taught pianist and guitarist.

The star said he never planned to assemble a guitar collection and bought only ones that he liked and that sounded good to him.

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