“Zen mode” bidding resulted in Jim Irsay spending millions on a Pink Floyd guitar

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Colts owner Jim Irsay recently spent more than $5 million at a guitar auction, including a record $3.975 million for the black 1969 Stratocaster made famous by Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour.

Irsay had a simple explanation for the major splurge.

I just f–king love Pink Floyd, man, I cannot deny it,” Irsay told Rolling Stone. “I think [Roger] Waters’ lyrics and Gilmour’s playing and their whole story and prominence is just so profound that I cannot say enough about my excitement for this. . .  David Gilmour stands by himself.”

Irsay bid on the items through a proxy, and the fact that Irsay bought the case for the guitar before the guitar was auctioned fueled Irsay’s desire to finish the job.

“If I don’t get the guitar, I’ll look like a jackass,” Irsay said. “But I love Strats, and this is the Strat. This is the one that was the signature guitar for those incredible Floyd leads.”

So how did Irsay decide that $3.975 million was the right price for the guitar?

“Bidding is an intuitive thing,” Irsay said. “There are so many things that go into that zen mode, and, as they say in Caddyshack, you have to become the ball.”

It’s helps to be a really, really rich ball.

31 responses to ““Zen mode” bidding resulted in Jim Irsay spending millions on a Pink Floyd guitar

  1. He is right about Gilmore and Waters.

    But, that is a lot of money for one guitar.

    Must be nice.

  2. The exhibit at Christie’s was pretty cool.
    You could even play a couple of the guitars.
    They were the cheap ones going for like $1,000, but it was still cool.

  3. One of the guitars was a white custom Fender Stratocaster, gifted to celeb endorsers, production #0001.

    Starting bid $150,000.

    #0002 was gifted to Jimi Hendrix. #0003 went to Eric Clapton.

    Really cool exhibit.

  4. Nothing worse than dumb people who were born into a pile of money and think they have some kind of talent.

  5. I know this is foreign to some so I will try to go slow:

    Auctions exist to get the most out of an item, if possible.

    People with more money who want said item value it more than the cash they relinquish.

  6. I have to approve of it!

    You know I think if you spend stupid money on toys good for you.

    The other thing is I should hear that you spend at least a hundred times that on helping the less fortunate. Heck let’s help some drug addicts! How about 4 million to help out a homeless shelter.

    Having a ton of money should mean you can do a ton of good for the world.

    Owning Gilmore’s and Jerry’s guitars is fine let’s talk about how you are changing the world.

  7. He has a serious collection… He just loves to collect.. I’d love to spend a day going through all of it…

  8. I saw Gilmour play that Strat live a few times. The last being in London in 2005.

    Knowing that clown Jim Irsay has the guitar, lessens it’s value to me.

    I wish he would stick to buying Beatles crap. He says that’s his favorite band. Leave the good stuff for people and places that are deserving of it.

    Floyd is above you Jim. Go buy one of John Lennon’s Rickenbacker’s or some crap like that I don’t care about.

  9. He’s lucky some one did drive the price to 10 million, after he paid too much for the case. He was going to buy the guitar no matter what the bid went to.

  10. not sure why people need to claim to know who the ‘best ever’ guitarist is, although I admit you are entitled to your opinion. I just try to enjoy all of these musicians’ talent the best I can.

    For instance, I’m not much of a fan of country music, but I realize there are some excellent country music guitarists, and I will occasionally listen to country in order to appreciate the musicians that perform it. Take Glenn Campbell…a guy who spent his early career as a session musician (guitarist) playing on other people’s albums before his solo career. Even after being diagnosed with Alzheimers late in life the guy could still play a mean lick. Would I consider him the greatest guitarist ever?….. Why does it matter?

  11. Someone needs to tell Irsay that his guitar is actually NOT what Gilmour used to record all the classic songs as claimed. The guitar had a different neck, diffferent hardware and different electronics as Gilmour always liked to experiment.

  12. It was an auction to support Gilmour’s charity, so everyone just relax.

    blowncallssuck says:

    …The other thing is I should hear that you spend at least a hundred times that on helping the less fortunate…

  13. “I just ******* love Pink Floyd, man, I cannot deny it,” Irsay told Rolling Stone. “I think [Roger] Waters’ lyrics and Gilmour’s playing and their whole story and prominence is just so profound that I cannot say enough about my excitement for this… David Gilmour stands by himself.”

    I’m with you 100%, Jim. Pink Floyd is the best band ever, with innovative and inspiring music (I get an ear-gasm every time I listen to them!), emotive and soaring guitars [Gilmour] and keyboards [Rick Wright] and profound, philosophical, timeless and relevant lyrics [Waters].

  14. I live in Indy but I’m far from a colts fan. Irsay does donate a good bit of money to charities in the area so he may be a good ball but he does support the locals.

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