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Sale of Gere's guitars raises nearly $1M for charity

Guitars and amps belonging to actor Richard Gere, seen in photo, are displayed at Christie's auction house on October 6, 2011 in New York City. The collection, which includes vintage guitars and amps, will be auctioned off on October 11th. UPI/Monika Graff | <a href="/News_Photos/lp/00d8b730663f698607a20472ab0027a1/" target="_blank">License Photo</a>
Guitars and amps belonging to actor Richard Gere, seen in photo, are displayed at Christie's auction house on October 6, 2011 in New York City. The collection, which includes vintage guitars and amps, will be auctioned off on October 11th. UPI/Monika Graff | License Photo

NEW YORK, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- More than 100 guitars and amplifiers belonging to film star Richard Gere were sold for a total of nearly $1 million, Christie's auction house said.

"I never planned to put together a collection," The Hollywood Reporter quoted Gere as saying about the 106 items he placed on the auction block. "I just bought ones that I liked, the ones that sounded good and played well."

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Profits from the 102 items sold are to go to support global humanitarian causes, the entertainment industry trade newspaper said.

Among the items to hit the auction block were a 1960 solid-body Gibson Les Paul electric guitar and instruments that once belonged to music icons Albert King, Peter Tosh and James D'Aquisto.

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