The “Yellow Cloud” guitar that Prince prominently used in the ‘90s was recently sold at a Heritage Auctions event for $137,500. The winning bid came from Indianapolis Colts owner, and avid memorabilia collector, Jim Irsay.
Prince had this instrument custom made in 1988 and according to the iconic artist’s former guitar technician, Zeke Clark, it was even broken once and expertly repaired. “In 1994 he broke the neck of this guitar at a French TV show,” Clark said in a letter of authenticity. “After returning to U.S., I repaired neck and installed the first Floyd Rose set up Prince ever played. And then used in recording more albums, up until the symbol guitar was born. After the symbol guitar he wanted 24 addition cloud guitars made to be sold at his outlet store.”
This guitar will be the newest addition to Irsay’s extensive collection of famous instruments, including, according to Rolling Stone, Bob Dylan’s 1965 Newport Folk Festival guitar, Les Paul’s “Black Beauty” and Ringo Starr’s 1963 Ludwig Oyster Black Pearl drum kit.
Also auctioned off at this Heritage Auctions event were a lock of David Bowie’s hair which went for $18,750, Whitney Houston’s 2006 driver’s licence, and a Fender guitar signed by George Harrison and Eric Clapton. A number of Houston’s award statues were also up for auction, including her 1986 Emmy Award, several American Music Awards and an 1986 MTV Video Music Award for Best Female Video, but the Emmy has since been removed because a federal judge blocked its sale.