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INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - NOVEMBER 18: Jim Irsay the owner of the Indaianpolis Colts speaks to the fans at Reggie Wayne's induction to the Ring of Honor at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 18, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana; NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 12: David Gilmour performs live on stage at Madison Square Garden on April 12, 2016 in New York City.

David Gilmour made headlines last week when he auctioned off 120 of his guitars for charity, with his infamous “Black Strat” going for a staggering $3.975 million. So, who would have that kind of money to spend? Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay.

Irsay is a massive Pink Floyd fan and he told Rolling Stone of his purchase, “I just f—ing love Pink Floyd, man, I cannot deny it. 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…But I love Strats, and this is the Strat. This is the one that was the signature guitar for those incredible Floyd leads.”

Irsay is no stranger to shelling out big bucks for some of music’s most-historic instruments. In 2015, he spent $2.2 million for a Ludwig Oyster Black Pearl drum kit used by Ringo Starr on some of The Beatles‘ earliest recordings. Irsay also owns guitars from John Lennon, Prince and Elvis Presley.

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well-versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice. #TransRightsAreHumanRights