Handwritten Beatles lyrics and Prince’s guitar going under the hammer

Prince’s Blue Cloud guitar and Sir Paul McCartney’s handwritten lyrics to a Beatles hit are among a trove of music memorabilia going under the hammer.

Prince’s custom-made 1984 instrument no longer has strings attached but comes in a purple case and is complete with the singer’s love symbols on the neck.

The guitar, described by auctioneers as “heavily used”, is one of several items that belonged to the late star and has a guide price of between £80,000 and £160,000.

Also up for sale are Sir Paul’s lyrics to Maxwell’s Silver Hammer from 1969 album Abbey Road. The note features 20 lines from the track and is written on official Apple Corps record label stationery, complete with alterations and deleted lines.

The lyrics have a guide price of between £160,000 and £240,000. The sale is part of Julien’s Auctions’ 2020 Music Icons event, which also features items related to Oasis, The Doors, Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley.

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