Prince’s guitar, lyrics, handcuffs and more are being auctioned off

Bidding starts on March 17

Numerous items once belonging to Prince are set to be auctioned off next week.

The lot has been donated by Prince’s ex-wife Mayte Garcia and former manager Owen Husney.

Nate D. Sanders Auctions will be opening bidding on March 17 on Prince’s 1959 purple, acoustic Gibson guitar, some of the singer’s costumes worn on stage – including handcuffs – a 1978 demo tape, handwritten lyrics and a 2.2-karat diamond engagement ring that Prince gave to ex-wife Garcia.

The most expensive object in the lot, with a starting bid of $100,000 (£70,500), is the ring, which also comes with five handwritten notes that Prince wrote to Garcia on pink, love-heart shaped paper.

While the guitar, which comes with a letter of authenticity from Husney, starts at $60,000 (£41,700), five per cent of which will be donated to the charity, Our House LA’s Camp Erin for Grieving Children.

Last month Prince paid tribute to late singer Vanity at his gig in Melbourne on February 16.

As reported, former Prince protégé Denise Matthews passed away at a hospital in Fremont, California on February 15. The Canadian-born singer was better known as Vanity, a member of girl group Vanity 6. She died aged 57 from kidney failure.

News Corp Australia reported that Prince acknowledged that “it’s a little heavy for me tonight” while talking to the audience and also told a story about how he once ordered a bodyguard to throw Vanity in a swimming pool.

“Her and I used to love each other deeply,” he is quoted as saying. “She loved me for the artist I was, I loved her for the artist she was trying to be. She and I would fight. She was very headstrong ’cause she knew she was the finest woman in the world. She never missed an opportunity to tell you that.”