From the time he exploded onto the music scene in 1978 with his debut album For You, until his untimely death in 2016, Prince reigned over the landscape of modern music in a way few have before or after. With his unparalleled virtuosity as a prolific singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, electric live performer and even fashion icon, Prince leaves behind a legacy of chart-topping and record-smashing success. His legions of fans worldwide still mourn the loss of his larger-than-life talent.
The collection offers an intimate, up-close glimpse of an elusive musician who valued his personal privacy and kept his inner circle small. Items featured are stage-worn clothing and jewelry and personally owned items, autographed photos (unpublished, promos and candids) and rare albums (many still sealed). There are highly sought-after handwritten notes and lyrics, and items used by Prince on stage and off.
More than 200 items are included in the sale, originating from Prince insiders.
Some incredible stand-out items featured in this auction include:
Prince’s stage worn purple boots. The custom-made high-heeled shoes, feature a black leather interior and purple satin exterior. The zippers on the sides are decorated with large silver ‘love symbol’ charms. These boots were clearly extensively worn by the iconic musician.
Purple piano played by Prince, the upright piano which was kept at the home of an early Prince insider and was personally played by Prince frequently throughout his career. The piano was originally picked up by the touring crew of Earth, Wind & Fire around 1978, and was delivered to the consignor’s home in Los Angeles (where Prince was living at the time) as a gift specifically for Prince. This was his favorite piano to play because he loved the distinctive ring-like sound it made when he played it.
Prince's handwritten working script for the 1986 film Under the Cherry Moon, plus a handwritten and signed title page.” The red notebook contains eight single-sided pages of Prince's handwritten working script for the 1986 film Under the Cherry Moon, plus a handwritten and signed title page.
Incredibly rare original 1987 U.S. first pressing of The Black Album factory sealed in its original shrinkwrap, complete with affixed peach-and-black sticker on the front, "Explicit Lyrics, Parental Advisory.”
Drafted lyrics for “I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man,” entirely in Prince's hand.
Prince microphone from “Purple Rain” tour, the stage-used Sennheiser mic was used during the second half of the 1984-85 Purple Rain Tour.
Prince’s purple pants from circa 1982-1985. The pants are custom-made with a tiny 25?? waist, 26.5?? inseam, and overall length of 38??. These pants are identical in color and fabric to the jacket Prince wore during a photo session with legendary photographer Richard Avedon on December 22, 1982.
Prince's black mesh cropped shirt decorated with black tassels along the sleeves, worn on the same night of his private performance party for Minneapolis Mayor Sharon Sayles Belton on January 14, 1995.
The Prince Auction from RR Auction begins on February 8 and will conclude on February 15. More details can be found online at www.rrauction.com.
Image: Lot #4013 - Prince Handwritten Lyrics for 'I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man.’ Courtesy RR Auction.