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Richard Gere sells off guitar collection

Richard Gere
Image caption Gere said proceeds from the sale would support humanitarian causes

A 110-strong guitar collection owned by Richard Gere will be auctioned in New York in October, Christie's has said.

The collection, which is expected to fetch about $1m (£605,000), includes a 1958 Gibson Flying V, once owned by bluesman Albert King, that is tipped to go for up to $90,000 (£55,000).

Gere said it was "more than a little painful" to let go of a collection that took 40 years to build.

"They have been my true friends through the best and worst of times," he added.

Proceeds from the 11 October auction would help to fund humanitarian causes globally, the actor went on.

A 1931 CF Martin D-28, expected to go for up to $70,000, is included in what Christie's described as "an almost encyclopaedic representation of American guitar making".

Instruments once owned by Bob Marley and the Wailers musician Peter Tosh and US guitar maker James D'Aquisto will also go under the hammer.

Gere, a keen guitarist and pianist whose films include Pretty Woman and An Officer and a Gentleman, 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," he explained. "Some are very special."

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