Of course it could be just a coincidence, but Prince never sold anything personal and just a few days after his death, one of the famous jackets he was wearing in his 1984 film ‘Purple Rain’ is going to be sold at auction!
This black and white cross-hatching V-neck jacket, worn by the Purple One when he and Apollonia rides a motorcycle through the woods, could be yours if you feel like it, as it will go on sale in Profiles in History‘s auction between June 29 and July 1 in Calabasas, California.
According to Reuters, client relation at Profiles in History Brian Chanes, said that they received the jacket about six weeks ago, before the musician’s unexpected death, which happened on April 21st. At the time, they had estimated the jacket at $6,000-8,000, but of course, because the value of anything increases considerably when someone dies, we are not talking about the same amount today. ‘Now, all bets are off,’ Chanes said, who think the jacket could fetch more than $100,000.
This is remarkable because very few Prince memorabilia items have ever been offered for sale. ‘Prince memorabilia in general, it just really doesn’t exist,’ said Profiles In History president Joe Maddalena, ‘This is the first time ever for something like this, and it might be the only time because the rest of the costumes may be in [Prince’s personal] wardrobe.’
The very private singer gave the jacket to a makeup artist at the end of the shoot of Purple Rain,” and the make-up artist’s sister is the consignor for the sale.
The auction will be open to participants worldwide through the Internet, but honestly you have to be a tiny little thing to fit in this jacket, Prince was only 5’2″! Plus do you really wear such an iconic piece of garment or do you frame it on your wall? In any case, this sale is really good timing and I don’t really believe in such coincidence. Can’t a museum buy the thing?
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