Prince's yellow cloud guitar offered in June 24 sale

One of Prince's signature yellow cloud guitars is to sell as part of a June 24 auction.

The late star used the distinctive instrument regularly on tour and in the studio during the 1980s and 1990s.

Prince yellow guitar
Prince played this guitar regularly during the 1980s and 1990s

It's offered with an opening bid of $30,000 ahead of the sale at Heritage Auctions

Prince had the guitar custom built by a luthier at Knut Koupee music store in Minneapolis. It has a unique tone to it that transformed his sound.

Four originals were made, all featuring his iconic personal symbol etched into the fretboard.

Garry Shrum, Heritage Auctions' director of music memorabilia, comments: "It's interesting to realize that Prince personally designed and commissioned this piece of art and it carries hallmarks of his famous 'Love Symbol', which he would adopt as his name during a famous contract dispute with Warner Bros. in the early 1990s.

"One glimpse and you have no doubt that this is Prince's guitar."

It's sold alongside a letter of provenance from the singer's guitar technician, who explains how he repaired the guitar after the neck broke in France in 1994.

Shrum went on: "Prince was rarely photographed without an electric guitar strapped to his body.

"As celebrity stage-used instruments go, this piece is as unique as Beethoven's piano or John Coltrane's saxophone."

Prince's death is likely to have an immediate impact on the value of his memorabilia, as fans look to buy pieces associated with his extraordinary career.

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