The instrument will be put up for auction next month by the Julien’s Auctions house: a record number is expected for the sale
According to those responsible for Julien’s Auctions, the guitar could be sold for half a million dollars: “At the time, the Blue Angel was one of the most used specimens by Prince during the performances,” he explained to the US edition of Rolling Stone the instrumentalist Laura Woolley, “Prince entered the collective consciousness in the eighties with this model”. “It is the most significant Prince guitar that has ever been auctioned,” added auction house founder Darren Julien.
Although Schecter is still active today, the Clouds – unlike many iconic six-string models created specifically for first-rate artists – are not available even in the form of replicas: “We have never publicly sold guitars made for Prince”, yes he reads on the luthier’s house website, “He always ordered them from us exclusively for personal use. Only once, during the Hit and Run Tour, we created a series of guitars that he sold exclusively to his shows. This is it was the only time it was done and it was with the Cloud style guitar.
A custom-made yellow guitar owned by Prince sold for $225,000 in New York on Friday, headlining a sale of jewelry, outfits and memorabilia from the late pop icon, Julien’s Auctions said.
Julien’s Auctions, the world record-breaking auction house, held its highly anticipated music auction, PROPERTY FROM THE LIFE AND CAREER OF PRINCE
At the Hard Rock Cafe in New York in front of a packed crowd of music collectors and the Purple One’s super fans bidding live on the floor, online and on the phone across the globe. Top selling items was Prince’s custom made played yellow Cloud guitar which sold for an astounding $225,000 (pictured above right) well over its original $60,000-$80,000 estimate.,
Last year, the auction house sold another Cloud guitar for a cool $700,000.
The Clouds were made for Prince by Minneapolis luthier Dave Rusan, with one starring in the 1984 film “Purple Rain,” where Prince’s alter ego “The Kid” receives one as a gift from his girlfriend Apollonia.
An electric blue turtleneck with matching trousers that Prince — whose best-known hits included “1999” — wore at a turn-of-the-millennium New Year’s Eve party at his Paisley Park estate in Minnesota — sold for $108,797, the auction house said.
Prince also wore the outfit when jamming with Lenny Kravitz at the MTV Video Music Awards in 1999. It had been valued at $50,000 to $70,000.
Dave Rusan and gifted to a Paisley Park employee that sold for $38,397over its estimate: $10,000-$20,000; a blue long-sleeve satin caftan worn on tour in the 1990s that sold for $38,397 well over its original estimate $6,000-$8,000; a black Remo tambourine with gold Love Symbol left by Prince at his home in Marbella, Spain which sold for $11,250 well over its original estimate $2,000-$4,000.
The auction, which raked in a total of $2 million, featured scores of items from the late superstar, known for his unique style, ranging from early childhood photos to golden record trophies to some of his most eye-grabbing attire.
A diamond love pendant sold for $57,597 and a devore ensemble with a jacket and fitted trousers sold for $51,197, Julien’s Auctions said.
Prince died in April 2016 at his Paisley Park studio and headquarters, from an accidental overdose of powerful painkillers. He was 57.