QUIRKY WORLD ... Buyer on cloud nine as Prince guitar sells for $137k

US: The Yellow Cloud electric guitar that Prince played in numerous concerts has been sold for more than £100,000 at an auction in the US.

The owner of the American football team the Indianapolis Colts, Jim Irsay, purchased the guitar that Prince used at gigs until the mid-1990s.

Mr Irsay, who collects musical instruments, paid $137,500 (€123,000) for the guitar at an auction on Saturday.

Heritage Auctions, which conducted the auction in Beverley Hills, California, says the solid body guitar was a favourite of the late musician from the late 1980s to the mid-1990s.

Prince died on April 21 at his Paisley Park home in Minnesota of an accidental overdose of fentanyl.

Mr Irsay also has instruments once owned by musicians Jerry Garcia of Grateful Dead, John Lennon and Ringo Star of The Beatles and singer-songwriter Bob Dylan. The auction also featured other Prince-related memorabilia.

Keeping his marbles

US: A Colorado boy has proved himself the dominant male player in his sport after crushing an opponent to win a national championship.

Louie Lee, 11, shoots marbles. He shoots them so well, in fact, that he was dubbed “king” of the 93rd National Marbles Championship in Wildwood, New Jersey.

He took his place on a wooden throne next to “queen” Haley Grensko to share the traditional marbles championship kiss. The 13-year-old from Pittsburgh defeated another girl from western Pennsylvania for the girl’s crown. Both winners took home $2,000 college scholarships.

Buried loot recovered

Germany: The authorities say an elderly man in Bavaria has recovered his fortune, which he had hidden at home for safety only to have recent floods make the building uninhabitable.

Police in the town of Simbach am Inn said the 81-year-old initially told them he had hidden the money in his house, which is now in danger of collapse. When they did not find it there, he told them he had buried the cash in the garden.

They used heavy machinery to dig through the garden, finding the treasure in a metal box some two metres below the surface. They say the “five-digit sum” of cash is being deposited in the man’s bank account. Simbach, on the Austrian border, was badly hit by flooding in early June.

Psych building

US: An historic central Phoenix building known for appearing in the film Psycho will become a cluster of flats. Reports suggest the city council approved the $2.3 million sale of the Barrister Building. Crescent Bay Development Services plans to convert the six-storey tower, which was once a hotel, into a complex of at least 88 flats and erect two other buildings. The developer also plans to incorporate shops and restaurants at the site.

But the company plans to maintain the brick facade. Built in 1915, the property has been mostly empty since 2010. It is often recognised for its cameo in the opening scene of Alfred Hitchcock’s famous suspense movie.

Mass eviction

Britain: Big Brother contestants have moved house after heavy rain caused water to flood through the roof.

The housemates were sheltered at first in the bedroom but were later moved to the second house, which was initially home to six extra contestants.

Dog ugly

US: A 17-year-old Chinese Crested Chihuahua with legs bowed out like a frog and an oozing sore is the winner of this year’s World’s Ugliest Dog contest.

SweePee Rambo took home the title at the annual Petaluma World’s Ugliest Dog contest.

SweePee has a mohawk that glistens in the sun and a tongue that sticks out. She is blind in both eyes and has to wear doggie diapers.


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