It’s obvious that money was not an issue when bidders paid a combined total of more than $US150,000 ($200,000) for two things regular people wouldn’t pay for – a lock of hair and a guitar.
To be precise, it was a lock of David Bowie’s hair and Prince’s iconic Yellow Cloud guitar which sold at a Beverly Hills auction.
Heritage Auctions said the lock of Bowie’s pale blond hair came from a former employee of the Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in London who was tasked with recreating the music icon’s 1983-era hairdo for his wax figure. It was snapped up by bidders at a shocking $US18,750, reports ABC.
But what about Prince’s instrument of choice during the late 1980s? It actually attracted a winning bid of $US137,500, 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 earlier this year — Bowie after a battle with cancer and Purple Rain singer Prince of an opioid overdose.
Prince was rarely photographed during the late 1980s without his bright yellow maple wood instrument, complete with a distinctive elongated upper horn.
“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 it 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 but was later repaired and then confined to the recording studio. It eventually because a Symbol guitar identified with Prince’s later work.
Here’s a video on the special guitar…