A custom-built Prince guitar used on his 'Purple Rain' tour is currently up for auction.
Known as the Could 2 'Blue Angel', the guitar is currently being auctioned by Julien's Auctions. So far, the guitar has seven bids and is sitting at $190,000 USD. The guitar is estimated to be sold anywhere between $400,000 to $600,000 by the time the bidding ends tomorrow.
The guitar marks one of the four Cloud guitars that were custom-made for Prince between 1983 and 1985. The first was spotted in the Purple Rain film and is currently sitting in the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.
The second guitar (which is being auctioned) was used extensively in concert for almost a decade including the 1991 MTV Video Music Awards. It was broken and repaired so many times and disappeared after being sent to a Los Angeles guitar shop until last November when a woman brought the guitar to Julien's, knowing only that it had once belonged to Prince.
The auction house had put the guitar through an intense process to prove that it was indeed the Cloud 2 by opening the backplate to check its paint history. Although the guitar is electric blue in colour, the original paint was white and had been painted peach, light blue and yellow at various times. It was during the Lovesexy tour that the guitar was christened 'Blue Angel' for its light blue colour.
Previously, Julien's Auctions were selling other rock memorabilia including Sir Paul McCartney's handwritten lyrics to the song, 'Maxwell's Silver Hammer'.