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Indianapolis Colts owner buys Prince’s Yellow Cloud guitar

Prince's Yellow Cloud guitar. Heritage Auctions image
Prince’s Yellow Cloud guitar. Heritage Auctions image

 

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) – Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay has purchased the Yellow Cloud electric guitar that Prince used in numerous concerts until the mid-1990s.

The NFL football team owner and collector of musical instruments paid $137,500 for the guitar at an auction in Beverly Hills Saturday.

Heritage Auctions, which conducted the auction, says the solid body guitar was a favorite of the late musician from the late 1980s to the mid-1990s.

Prince died on April 21 at his Paisley Park home in Minnesota of an accidental overdose of fentanyl.

Irsay also has instruments once owned by musicians Jerry Garcia of Grateful Dead, John Lennon and Ringo Star of The Beatles and singer-songwriter Bob Dylan.

The auction also featured other Prince-related memorabilia.

A small snippet of David Bowie’s hair sold for $18,750 at the auction held by Heritage Auctions. The top bid for the lock – clipped in 1983 by the wig mistress at Madame Tussauds in London and tied together with blue thread – is a record price for any piece of hair once belonging to the award-winning artist.

 

 David Bowie and the lock of his hair, which was clipped and saved by Wendy Farrier (right) at Madame Tussauds in London. Heritage Auctions image
David Bowie and the lock of his hair, which was clipped and saved by Wendy Farrier (right) at Madame Tussauds in London. Heritage Auctions image

 

The hair was auctioned affixed to a black and white photograph depicting Bowie standing next to the consignor, Wendy Farrier of Wales. Bowie’s ever-changing hair color happened to be blond at the time his likeness was cast for the famous wax museum exhibit. Being a Bowie fan, after Farrier snipped the chunk of his hair – so its color could be duplicated for the wax figure’s wig – she kept it as a souvenir. It was expected to sell for just $4,000.

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