Prince guitar, Paul McCartney's Beatles lyrics and more up for auction

News 07/05/2020

Julien's Auctions have just unveiled their Music Icons 2020 collection featuring a treasure trove of classic rock memorabilia that were previously owned by the likes of Prince, the Beatles, David Bowie, Guns N' Roses, Queen, Elvis Presley and more.

One of the featured pieces available includes Prince's iconic blue cloud guitar. The masterpiece guitar was custom-built in 1984 for the guitar virtuoso, adorned with his famous love symbol. The item is estimated to go for at least $100,000 USD. Other Prince-related items include a two-piece purple suit, his love-symbol belt buckle and a 14-karat white gold 'NPG' pendant mounted with 75 round diamonds.

Prince's custom-made 1984 blue cloud guitar

Another highlight of the collection includes Sir Paul McCartney's handwritten lyrics to the song, 'Maxwell's Silver Hammer'. Written in 1968 on an Apple Corps Limited branded paper, the lyrics shows a work in progress with changes, edits and alterations noted in different sections.

Paul McCartney's handwritten lyrics

The Doors' late frontman, Jim Morrison's 'Paris Journal' is also up for auction, which promises notes and poems written by Morrison himself before his death in 1971. You can see some of his written pages above.

A number of David Bowie's 1966 unreleased studio recordings will also be auctioned, including alternate versions of the songs Silly Boy BlueSell Me a Coat and Please Mr. Gravedigger, all of which would appear on Bowie's 1967 self-titled debut album.

Julien's Auctions is proud to present these important artifacts, all of which occupy an unparalleled place in music history and pop culture.

Other notable items in the collection includes Eddie Van Halen's burgundy Peavey EVH Wolfgang guitar, a custom made bluish-purple silk shirt worn by Mick Jagger during The Rolling Stones' 2019 No Filter Tour; a white boiler suit worn in AC/DC's 1990 music video 'Are You Ready'; a Guns N' Roses' 1989 MTV VMA Moonman for 'Sweet Child O' Mine'; Freddie Mercury's 1981 stage and photoshoot worn white and red "FLASH" T-shirt; and Elton John's shirt worn by the Rocket Man during his 1984 Breaking Hearts Tour.

"This year's edition of Music Icons offers an unsurpassed collection of over 700 music items to our thriving international market with something for every music lover and serious collector," Darren Julien, president and CEO of Julien's Auctions, said.

The auction will be taking place over 2 days on 19th and 20th June. Perspective buyers can bind in person in Beverly Hills or online at