Buyers paid a combined total of more than £109,000 ($150,000) for a two-inch lock of David Bowie's hair and Prince's legendary 'Yellow Cloud' guitar, which he used until the mid-1990s, at a Beverly Hills auction.

According to Sky News, the owner of the American football team the Indianapolis Colts, Jim Irsay purchased the yellow maple wood guitar. Mr Irsay is said to have paid $137,500 (£103,000) for the instrument. Prince's guitar was used in the studio, in videos and at gigs until the instrument's neck broke on a French TV show in 1994.

The guitar was later repaired, but kept into the recording studio and eventually became the 'Symbol' guitar identified with Prince's later work.

According to the Daily Mail, Heritage Auctions, which prompted legal action by offering Whitney Houston's Emmy Award as part of a separate sale, on 25 June said the snippet of Bowie's hair went for £13,702 ($18,750). It came from a former employee of the Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in London who was tasked with recreating Bowie's 1983-era hairdo for his wax figure.

The auctioneer was forced to abandon plans to sell Houston's Emmy as part of a separate auction of her dresses and other belongings after the US Television Academy argued it owned the rights to the statuette.

US District Judge Percy Anderson issued a temporary restraining order on Friday forbidding the auction house from selling the trophy, won in 1986 for Houston's performance of Saving All My Love For You at the Grammys.

"We fought the good fight, but we respect the court's decision," Heritage spokesman Eric Bradle

Bowie and Prince, two of the most powerful artists in pop history, died within months earlier this year. Bowie passed away after a battle with cancer on 10 January and the Purple Rain star died of an opioid overdose in April.