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These Iconic Music Items Raked In Nearly $5 Million at Auction

Prince headlines the main stage on the last day of Hop Farm Festival on July 3, 2011 in Paddock Wood, United Kingdom.
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If you had $5 million, what would you spend it on? If you’re a die-hard music fan, the answer is likely Prince’s electric guitar, a gold record from The Beatles, or a dress worn by Lady Gaga. Items up for grabs owned by music legends took home nearly that amount at a recent auction.

During a three-day online auction with items from music icons spanning all genres, people had the chance to bid on pieces of clothing, signed albums and other paraphernalia from the likes of Madonna, Jimi Hendrix, Tupac Shakur and Whitney Houston. It also included a baseball signed by Mick Jagger, a signed Queen print, a Versace gown worn by Houston and much, much more.

More than a thousand items were up for grabs, including Elton John’s signed red Yamaha Elton John Signature Series C-1 Baby Grand Piano, which sold for $150,000, and Kurt Cobain’s self-portrait, which went for $281,250.

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Cobain’s portrait was tied with Prince’s 1994 Blue Cloud Guitar as the most expensive items, followed closely by an Alex Van Halen 1980 Invasion tour-played drum kit that was snatched up for $230,400. Other top items included Bernie Taupin’s signed handwritten working lyrics to “Candle In The Wind” which went for $76,800, and several of the late Eddie Van Halen’s electric guitars which had winning bids of $41,600 and up. Cher’s “If I Could Turn Back Time” outfit went for $115,200, and we’re wondering if the winning bidder will end up wearing the embellished bodysuit or simply admire it.

You can check out all the cool items and what they sold for here.

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