Benevolent mystery vandal paints Prince's First Ave star gold

Notice how Prince's star is now gold.

Notice how Prince's star is now gold.

Those expecting Prince's First Avenue star not to be painted gold were in for a surprise Wednesday — because it was! 

As of this morning, the Prince star on the exterior of the iconic Minneapolis nightclub sports a shiny and bright gold hue. Dozens of other stars commemorating other musicians remain silver and black. 

The golden makeover is likely a tribute to Prince, who made First Ave internationally famous with his 1984 film/album Purple Rain. It's also likely the work of a benevolent mystery vandal!

“Somebody did a guerrilla paint job,” First Ave staffer Daniel Corrigan tells BringMeTheNews

The space below the star is still piled high with flowers and notes honoring the Minnesota-born music god.

We asked First Ave for details about the surprise paint job, but have yet to hear back. Stay tuned.

Speaking of tuning, 89.3 the Current invited radio stations around the country to simulcast Prince jam “Nothing Compares 2 U” Wednesday at 5:07 p.m.

And that’s no arbitrary time, folks: It marks the "7 hours and 13 days" — a lyric found in the song — that have passed since Prince was discovered dead April 21 at his Paisley Park compound in Chanhassen, Minnesota.

Stations in Seattle, Philadelphia, New York, and Austin, Texas, will join in the tribute, the Associated Press reports.