Prince’s Yellow Cloud Guitar Just Sold – You Won’t BELIEVE For How Much!
Guitar Purchased By Indianapolis Colts Owner Jim Irsay
You may know Jim Irsay as the owner of the Indianapolis Colts, but did you know that he’s also a huge music fan and an even bigger fan of music memorabilia? December 2015 alone saw Irsay snag Ringo Starr’s 1963 Ludwig Oyster Black Pearl three-piece drum kit for a cool $2.2 million dollars, and his collection also boasts Bob Dylan’s 1965 Newport Folk Festival guitar, Lennon’s “Paperback Writer” Gretsch guitar and Les Paul’s “Black Beauty”.
However, this weekend Irsay managed to score a pretty crucial part of music history: Prince’s coveted yellow cloud guitar, whose initial bid began at $30,000. The bright yellow guitar, custom made by Knut-Koupee Enterprises of Minneapolis and outfitted with gold knobs, tremolo and tuning keys and a favorite of Prince’s was sold to Irsay to the tune of $137, 500 and was used in most of his early videos, touring performances and album recordings.
“I feel I’m just a curator of history. I’m going to pass this thing on as time goes along,” says Irsay, who calls it a “privilege and honor” to own such precious items.
I can’t even imagine touching something so amazing, much less actually owning it! The April 21, 2016 death of Prince no doubt makes the purchase of his beloved yellow cloud guitar even more precious to a collector like Jim Irsay, who at this point could very likely open his own museum full of some of rock’s greatest treasures at the rate he’s going!
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