Prince’s personal Yamaha DX7 synth defies expectations to sell for more than $70,000

Prince DX7
(Image credit: RR Auction)

When Prince’s personal DX7 synth was sold off last week, it was expected to raise in the region of $25,000. However, it turns out that auction house RR Auction significantly underestimated just how much the synth would be worth to someone, as it eventually sold for an incredible $73,697.

The synth, which was used on classic albums such as Purple Rain, was acquired by Paisley Park engineer Shane T Keller in 1995, when Prince was seeking to raise funds to tour Japan.

At the same time, he purchased Prince’s EMAX II Sampler and disc collection; this was also auctioned off last week, raising $9,151.

Prince notebook

(Image credit: RR Auction)

Other Prince-related highlights from the Marvels of Modern Music sale - an online auction that ran from 11 June to 18 June - include a handwritten lyrics and sketch notebook (sold for $30,000), the handwritten lyrics to 1991 single Gett Off ($12,537.50), Diamonds and Pearls cufflinks ($15,600) and a signed copy of the Purple Rain album ($9,875).

The DX7 was only trumped in the sale by Dee Dee Ramon’s stage-used bass guitar, which raised a $93,438,75.

Ben Rogerson

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it. 

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