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Prince’s long-lost Purple Rain “blue angel” Cloud guitar sells for more than $500,000 at auction

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We recently reported on Prince’s custom-made and long lost “blue angel” guitar, which was up for sale at Julien’s as part of its Music Icons auction.

The electric guitar, Prince's main live instrument from 1984 until 1993, went on the block at the June 19-20 event with an estimate of $400,000 - $600,000, and it didn’t disappoint, selling for an impressive $563,500.

The blue angel is the third Cloud guitar auctioned by Julien’s. In 2017 the auction house sold a teal Cloud guitar for $700,000, the world record for the highest price ever paid at the time for a Prince guitar. In 2018, Julien’s auctioned a yellow Cloud for $225,000.

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The blue angel wasn’t the only big-ticket guitar sale at the Music Icons auction. Kurt Cobain’s 1959 Martin D-18E acoustic guitar, which he played at Nirvana’s MTV Unplugged in New York concert, went for $6,010,000.

That figure makes the acoustic the most expensive guitar ever sold at auction, eclipsing the previous record-holder, David Gilmour’s 1969 Black Strat, which sold for $3,975,000 last year.

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Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.