An instrument as unique and innovative as the artist (formerly known as) who played it, Prince’s personally owned and played Yellow Cloud electric guitar has been offered at Heritage Auctions’ Entertainment & Music Memorabilia auction in Beverly Hills.
The guitar, shaped in the unique style that Prince made famous, was used for his hours-long concerts and used during performances of songs such as Gett Off and Cream. The instrument features a serial number and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Prince’s guitar technician Zeke Clark, who noted the guitar’s neck was broken in France in 1994, and was later repaired.
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With a starting price of $30,000, the instrument sold for $137,500 and was purchased by Indianapolis Colts owner and avid music memorabilia collector, Jim Irsay, who has spent millions of dollars collecting an array of historic instruments including Ringo Starr’s 1963 Ludwig Oyster Black Pearl three-piece drum kit for $2.2 million and Bob Dylan’s 1965 Newport Folk Festival guitar. He told Rolling Stones magazine he feels he is a curator of history, and plans to ‘pass this thing on as time goes along.’