Prince: a custom-made Cloud guitar in black finish, numbered 4, taken on the Act I & II, Prince and the New Power Generation tours, 1993,

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Prince: a custom-made Cloud guitar in black finish, numbered 4, taken on the Act I & II, Prince and the New Power Generation tours, 1993,

Sold for £ 87,500 (US$ 120,251) inc. premium
Prince: a custom-made Cloud guitar in black finish, numbered 4, taken on the Act I & II, Prince and the New Power Generation tours, 1993,
double cutaway maple body with extended scrolling horn, 22 fret fingerboard decorated with Roman numerals, with the number 4 engraved on the headstock, an EMG humbucker and 5A single coil pick ups, tone and volume controls, selector switch, accompanying black hardshell case with midnight-blue plush lining; won in an MTV competition, accompanied by documents concerning the provenance, including: a letter on Paisley Park Enterprises headed stationery, from Karen Lee, Vice-President, We hereby confirm that the guitar presented to...at an MTV Europe competitian by Levi Seacer of the NPG in August 1993 as a contest prize is an authentic hand-bulit guitar. Custom made by Andy Beach in the USA for (the artist formally known as Prince).; an Act I programme with Prince holding an identical guitar on the cover; several colour photocopies of newspaper cuttings detailing the vendors competition prize, the itinerary, flight details, concert ticket stub and a copy of the back of the vendor's Act I programme signed on the back by the NPG band

Footnotes

  • Prince was synonomous with his custom Schecter guitars, the first being a Cloud comissioned by him in 1983. Throughout his career he used this model in many colours, with varying inlay designs to the fretboard. His guitars were often resprayed to coordinate with new looks he was adopting.

    The guitar in this lot can be matched to the photography shoot by Lynn Goldsmith of Prince for the programme cover for his Act 1 1993 tour. The distinctive Roman numerals are visible and on the headstock the number 4 can clearly be seen, painted black on the photographs. There are areas of wear which would be expected for a used guitar. It has been confirmed by a member of Prince's technical team at the time that this guitar was taken on tour.

    This black Cloud guitar has been treasured by the vendor and has rarely been taken out of its case while in her posession, since she won it in an MTV competition in 1993. The prize included travelling with the NPG band on their tour bus during the Act II tour in Germany, where she joined them in Munich and then to Düsseldorf the following day. The whirlwind experience saw the vendor watch Prince on stage as well as eventually meeting him and having a private performance by him. The entire experience culminated in her being presented with this guitar. The black Cloud was handed to her on stage by Levi Seacer Jr (NPG Guitarist) at the Wildenrath Flugplatz in Wegberg before watching Prince perform. It is sold with the original Paisley Park letter as well as copies of much of the touring itinerary and travelling paperwork.
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Prince: a custom-made Cloud guitar in black finish, numbered 4, taken on the Act I & II, Prince and the New Power Generation tours, 1993,
Prince: a custom-made Cloud guitar in black finish, numbered 4, taken on the Act I & II, Prince and the New Power Generation tours, 1993,
Prince: a custom-made Cloud guitar in black finish, numbered 4, taken on the Act I & II, Prince and the New Power Generation tours, 1993,
Prince: a custom-made Cloud guitar in black finish, numbered 4, taken on the Act I & II, Prince and the New Power Generation tours, 1993,
Prince: a custom-made Cloud guitar in black finish, numbered 4, taken on the Act I & II, Prince and the New Power Generation tours, 1993,
Prince: a custom-made Cloud guitar in black finish, numbered 4, taken on the Act I & II, Prince and the New Power Generation tours, 1993,
Prince: a custom-made Cloud guitar in black finish, numbered 4, taken on the Act I & II, Prince and the New Power Generation tours, 1993,
Prince: a custom-made Cloud guitar in black finish, numbered 4, taken on the Act I & II, Prince and the New Power Generation tours, 1993,
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