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They came ready to spend princely sums to have a piece of Prince.

A memorabilia auction at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York City Friday brought out fans of the musician known as “The Purple One” to bid on his signature collection of wardrobes, guitars and memorabilia.

Auction of Prince’s personal items tops predictions
Auction of Prince’s personal items tops predictions

Top selling items included his custom-made Yellow Cloud guitar which sold for a whopping $225,000 — well over its original $60,000-$80,000 estimate.

A diamond and amethyst “love” symbol pendant sold for $35,197, more than tripling the original estimate of $8,000-$10,000.

Seven-time Grammy winner Prince took great pride in his bespoke outfits and he had a large design department in Paisley Park, his home and production complex, where he created his own androgynous and extravagant styles.

An electric-blue long-sleeve turtleneck and matching pants in stretch fabric, moiré pattern, worn by Prince in his Rave Un2 the Year 2000 New Year’s Eve performance at Paisley Park in 1999, sold for $108,797.

Image: Prince's Yellow Cloud guitar
Prince’s Yellow Cloud guitar on display during a Rock and Roll memorabilia press preview for Julien’s Auctions “Property From the Life and Career of Prince” auction at Hard Rock Cafe in New York on May 14, 2018.Jason Szenes / EPA

Prince, who died just over two years ago of an accidental fentanyl overdose, was known for his revolutionary mastery of the electric guitar and his flamboyant stage presence.

Two bidders dominated much of the auction. One was an anonymous Japanese Prince fan according to Julien’s Auctions, which held the event. The other was Jerry Fraize, director of memorabilia for the Hard Rock chain.

Fraize bought nine items Friday, including outfits, three tambourines and two handwritten notes. He shelled out $43,750 for the gold and black reptilian print lace-up shirt and matching pants work by Prince during the 1997 Jam of the Year tour.

“We wanted to build on our collection and celebrate Prince’s legacy,” Fraize said, adding that it’s very rare to get full Prince costumes that are available for purchase.

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