For die hard fans wanting a one-of-a-kind Prince memento, their prayers were answered on Friday.
On May 18th, New York City’s Hard Rock Cafe hosted a special auction containing a number of Prince’s belongings including musical instruments, iconic pieces from the legend’s wardrobe, and much more. The event was hosted by Julien’s Auctions under the title Music Icons: Property from the Life and Career of Prince, and many of “The Purple One’s” items were sold at prices far above their estimates.
Though a number of his guitars were on the auction block, his custom Yellow Cloud guitar topped the charts for a final bid of $225,000. Impressively, this was more than triple the guitar’s estimate of $60,000-$80,000. A few additional instruments were featured as well, including his White Cloud guitar and a few tambourines. Back in November, Prince’s Teal Cloud guitar sold for $700,000, and holds the record for his most expensive item ever auctioned.
Other major surprises at auction included a diamond and amethyst “love” pendant ($35,197), his 1999 Rave Un2 the Year 2000 New Year’s Eve turtleneck and pants ensemble ($108,797), and his 1999 MTV Video Music Awards costume ($108,000).
If you have big bucks to spend and missed your chance to own a piece of Purple Rain history during this event, fear not. In July, Prince’s Caribbean five acre compound is slated to hit the auction block. The Turks and Caicos property even features a purple road leading up to the 10,000-square-foot mansion, so though you may lack the master’s guitar skills, you can still live like a Prince.