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Custom guitar from Prince's 1980s prime sells for $879,500

A custom guitar played by Prince at the height of his stardom in the 1980s and 1990s has sold for a staggering $563,500 (NZD$879,500) at auction.

The Blue Angel Cloud 2 electric guitar custom-made for the musician Prince in the 1980s. Source: Associated Press

The Blue Angel Cloud 2 electric guitar skyrocketed beyond the estimate of $100,000 (NZD$156,000) to $200,000 (NZD$312,150) it was expected to fetch at the Music Icons sale run by Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills.

Prince played the blindingly blue guitar with the artist's love symbol on its neck beginning on the 1984 Purple Rain Tour, on the classic albums Lovesexy and Sign O' The Times. He used it into the early 1990s.

Archivists going through Prince's possessions at his Paisley Park home and musical headquarters in Minnesota recently found the guitar that was thought to be lost during the four years since his death from an overdose at age 57. A similar Prince guitar sold for $700,000 (NZD$1 million) in 2016.

At the same auction, a macrame belt that Elvis Presley wore about 30 times on stage brought in nearly 10 times its expected price, with a final bid of $298,000 (NZD$465,100).

An ivory gown worn by Madonna in her 1990 Vogue video sold for $179,200 (NZD$279,700).

The identities of the buyers were not revealed.

Items still to be sold today included Paul McCartney's handwritten lyrics to the Beatles song Maxwell's Silver Hammer.