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8/18/2011 8:24am EDT

Richard GereRichard Gere is selling off his prized guitars in a bid to raise $1 million for humanitarian charities.

The Pretty Woman star has amassed a huge collection over the past 20 years, including several top branded instruments such as Gibson and Fender.

His 110-strong range also includes guitars once owned by blues legend Albert King and Jamaican reggae musician Peter Tosh, but Gere is preparing to part ways with his prized pieces at a Christie's auction in New York in October.

Gere says, "They have been my true friends through the best and worst of times. I never planned to put together a collection. I just bought ones that I liked, the ones that sounded good and played well. Some are very special. Although it's more than a little painful to let them go, each one has been played, loved and appreciated - and will be again."

Kerry Keane, the head of Christie's musical instruments department, adds, "What transpired over a lifetime is an almost encyclopedic representation of American guitar making. This is an exciting opportunity for collectors and fans alike to take advantage of Mr. Gere's unrecognized talent for creating a cohesive collection."

All proceeds from the October 11th sale will go to humanitarian causes around the world.

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