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Legendary Prince 'Cloud' guitar, missing for years, up for auction

It was one of four built at the time of "Purple Rain"

As far as Prince guitars go, this one might be the Holy Grail — and you've got a shot at it if you can scrape together north of half a million. 

Cloud 2, one of the original four "Cloud" guitars used by Prince during the "Purple Rain" era, is up for auction next month. 

Carrying the nickname "Blue Angel," the instrument was built and used for the Purple Rain Tour, which launched in 1984, a release from Julien's Auctions of Beverly Hills, California, says. 

The auction house notes that the guitar would provide extensive service to Prince over the next several years, gracing the cover of Spin magazine with its owner (pictured above) and making numerous other appearance. 1992's Diamonds and Pearls Tour would be its last hurrah. 

Blue Angel ended up in a private collection sometime in the '90s, and its owner — whose identity remains unknown — apparently had no idea what they had on their hands, Rolling State says. 

The guitar, which the magazine describes as "key to Prince lore," says Julien's expects it sell for upwards of $500,000.

The auction is set to take place at Julien's "Music Icons" event on Friday, June 19 and Saturday, June 20 in Beverly Hills. 

If you're not in the market for a Prince guitar that'll sell for the price of a house with a lake view, there is a public exhibition — where you can also check out stuff from Kurt Cobain, Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Michael Jackson and many more. 

By the way, if you're curious about the saga of the iconic Cloud Guitars, check out this in-depth article on their history. 

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