*One of the custom-made “yellow cloud” guitars used by Prince to perform such tunes as “Cream” and “Gett Off” is headed to the auction block.
Heritage Auctions in Beverly Hills is behind the sale, which is scheduled to begin June 24 with an opening bid of $30,000. The instrument was one of several custom guitars Prince used in the 1980s and 1990s.
“I’ve been a Prince fan since I was a little kid, and that guitar always stuck out to me because it was super cool and stylish,” said current owner Richard Leece, who bought it over a year ago from Heritage Auctions.
The instrument features a serial number and comes with a letter of authenticity from Prince guitar technician Zeke Clark, who noted that the guitar’s neck was broken in France in 1994 and later repaired.
“Unfortunately, as morbid as it is, when people pass, their items become more valuable,” Leece said. “I think something as valuable as this could be is risky to continue to have in my possession.”
Other Prince items up for auction in Beverly Hills include record sales awards and an original demo tape featuring the songs “Just as Long as We’re Together,” “My Love Is Forever” and “Jelly Jam.”
Below, Prince with his “yellow cloud” guitar:
Another “yellow cloud” guitar is currently on display at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.