A curvaceous guitar that once belonged to the late pop icon Prince has a new owner.
“Prince’s custom-made, and played on stage yellow Cloud guitar sold for an astounding $225,000,” reports Julien’s Auctions, which had estimated that the instrument would fetch $60,000.
The Los Angeles-based group put multiple items from the life and career of Prince up on the auction block on Friday night before a packed crowd of music collectors and dedicated fans assembled at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York City — who bid live or by phone “from around the globe” the auctioneer said.
Even a tambourine custom made for Prince went for $11,000, five times the asking price. Buyers of these items were not identified.
Some mighty expensive guitars have passed through the auction house in recent years. John Lennon’s 1962 Gibson J-160E acoustic-electric flattop broke records when it sold for $2.4 million at Julien’s three years ago. It has history. With fellow Beatle Paul McCartney, Lennon had used the guitar to compose such iconic tunes as “I Want to Hold Your Hand” and “She Loves you.”
The guitar had been considered lost during a Beatles gig in the 1963, but resurfaced in 2015 after passing through several private owners over the decades.
Julien’s, meanwhile, will continue to offer other notable guitars in the next 48 hours as part of its “Music Icons” series, the bids for some historic six-strings predicted to go beyond $600,000.
“One of the highly anticipated items of the auction announced today is George Harrison’s first electric guitar, a Hofner Club 40 not seen since 1966. Harrison played the small blonde with black body binding, single cutaway, hollow body instrument in the early days of The Beatles when they performed around Liverpool, England as The Quarrymen,” said the auction house.
The lineup also includes a 1965 Fender Telecaster owned by The Band’s Robbie Robertson and once played by Bob Dylan, singer/songwriter Eric Clapton’s 1963 Epiphone Granada guitar, Elvis Presley’s 1968 Prototype Fender Telecaster and Kurt Cobain’s custom Fender Jag-Stang guitar.
A piece of an Aria Pro II guitar smashed on stage by the late Cobain in 1990 is also up for auction and expected to fetch to $60,000.