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Richard Gere guitar auction fetches $936,438

Richard Gere guitar auction
Gere said he bought guitars "that sounded good and played well"

Richard Gere's collection of classic guitars and amplifiers, built up over 40 years, has fetched $936,438 (£595,000) at a New York auction.

Top lot at the Christie's charity sale was a 1960 Gibson Les Paul which was bought by a private collector for $98,500 (£63,000) including commission.

A 1931 CF Martin that went for $62,500 (£40,000), was among three lots bought by the guitar manufacturer.

The actor has said it was "painful" to let go of "my true friends".

Christie's said the Pretty Woman star - who studied trumpet and taught himself guitar and piano - "was looking for instruments that did something personally, tonally for him" .

Guitars once owned by Bob Marley and the Wailers musician Peter Tosh and a 1958 Gibson Flying V, once owned by bluesman Albert King, were among the instruments sold.

A 1960 Gibson Inc electric guitar was bought by an anonymous buyer for $47,500 (£30,000).

Gere has said he had not planned to put a collection together.

"I just bought ones that I liked, the ones that sounded good and played well. Some are very special," he said.

Only four of 106 instruments available for auction failed to sell.

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