More than 120 guitars and amplifiers from the personal collection of veteran musician Mark Knopfler, celebrated leader of the group Dire Straitswill be put up for auction on January 31 in London, as announced this Tuesday by Christie’s.
The instruments for sale date back, some, 50 years ago and were used by Knopfler to write, record and perform the extensive catalog of compositions of the group as well as to record his multiple solo albums and soundtracks.
In a statement released today by the bidding house, Christie’s indicates that the musician chose each guitar for its unique sound and among them are brands such as Fender, Gibson, Gretsch and Martin together with others models made to measure by Argentinian Rudy Pensa and John Suhr.
25% of the total price that will be raised in that auction will be divided equally and donated to charities that Knopfler has supported for many years: the British Red Cross, Tusk and Brave Hearts Of the North East.
The auction house also revealed that the estimated auction prices will range between 300 and 500,000 pounds (between 343 and 572,000 euros).