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Jim Irsay owns more than just the Indianapolis Colts.
Ethan May, IndyStar

A guitar heard on iconic Pink Floyd albums sold for a record $3.975 million at auction Thursday, and Jim Irsay is the instrument’s new owner.

The Indianapolis Colts owner picked up three items at the David Gilmour Guitar Collection auction at Christie’s New York salesroom:

  • A 1969 black Fender Stratocaster known as “The Black Strat” for $3.975 million.
  • A 1969 Martin D-35 acoustic guitar for $1.095 million.
  • The travel case used for “The Black Strat” for $175,000.

Irsay’s $5.245 million in purchases made up 24% of the auction’s $21.491 million in sales. Gilmour, who became a member of Pink Floyd in 1967, sold more than 120 guitars, amplifiers and the travel case.

Gilmour announced Wednesday he is donating all proceeds from the auction to ClientEarth, an environmental law organization with an announced mission of fighting climate change. 

Larry C. Hall, vice president of special projects for the Colts, sat in the front row at Christie’s and served as Irsay’s proxy…