Auction bosses discover Prince guitar is lost ‘blue angel’
Auction bosses discover Prince guitar is lost 'blue angel'
Published on: May 20, 2020 | Last Updated: May 20, 2020 8:21 PM EDT
In this file photo taken Oct. 11, 2009, Prince performs at the Grand Palais in Paris. Bertrand Guay / AFP via Getty Images / Files
The guitar that will front Julien’s Auctions’ upcoming Music Icons sale has been confirmed as Prince’s lost ‘blue angel’ model.
The late star was rarely seen onstage without his custom-made 1984 guitar during the height of his success, but somehow the instrument, which also featured in Prince’s Gett Off and Cream videos, went missing in the late 1990s.
Julien’s Auctions bosses were offered the guitar by restoration expert John Woodland, who spent 18 months trying to track down the mythic ‘blue angel’ and then restoring it to its former glory, and they have spent months authenticating the instrument.
The original estimate for the guitar was appraised at US$100,000 ($139,185) to US$200,000 ($278,370), but the auction experts now expect the instrument to go under the hammer for more than three times that amount, and perhaps even higher.
“Not only is this a Prince guitar but of all his guitars that he played this is one of the greatest and most important Prince guitars that will ever come up for auction,” said Darren Julien, President/Chief Executive Officer of Julien’s Auctions. “Julien’s Auctions is honoured to have made this remarkable discovery of the ‘blue angel’ that launched Prince’s stratospheric rise as a superstar and took centre stage in some of his most legendary performances.”
Julien previously achieved the world record for the highest price ever paid for a Prince guitar sold at auction, when the late music icon’s teal Cloud guitar sold for US$700,000 in 2017.
The Music Icons auction will begin on June 19.