Prince's guitar, Bowie's hair fetch $203k

'UNIQUE': Prince's Yellow Cloud guitar sold for more than $180,000 at a Beverly Hills auction on Saturday.


    Jun 27, 2016

    Prince's guitar, Bowie's hair fetch $203k


    BIDDERS paid a combined total of more than US$150,000 (S$203,000) for a lock of David Bowie's hair and Prince's iconic Yellow Cloud guitar on Saturday at a Beverly Hills auction.

    Heritage Auctions, which prompted legal action by offering Whitney Houston's Emmy Award as part of a separate sale, said the snippet of Bowie's pale blond hair went for US$18,750.

    It came from a former employee of Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in London who was tasked with recreating the music icon's 1983-era hairdo for his wax figure.

    Prince's instrument of choice during the late 1980s attracted a winning bid of US$137,500, with unconfirmed reports saying it had gone to Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay.

    Bowie and Prince, two of the most influential artists in pop history, died within months earlier this year - the so-called "Thin White Duke" after a battle with cancer, and the reclusive Purple Rain singer of an opioid overdose.

    "As celebrity stage-used instruments go, this piece is as unique as Beethoven's piano or John Coltrane's saxophone," Garry Shrum, Heritage's director of music memorabilia said, when the bright yellow maple wood instrument was put up for sale.

    The Yellow Cloud was used in the studio, in videos and at gigs until the neck broke on a French TV show in 1994.

    It was repaired but confined to the recording studio and eventually made way for the Symbol guitar identified with Prince's later work.