Prince’s music lives on as numerous memorabilia from the mid-1980s to late 1990s are for sale, with a two-piece ensemble fetching an estimated $45,000.
The auction company RR did that 203 items can be bidincluding clothing and other items from the legendary singer’s ‘Purple Rain’, ‘Lovesexy’, ‘Parade’ and ‘Sign o’ the Times’ eras.
Among the major pieces are a custom-made jacket and trousers in sheer black and gray devoré fabric from Prince’s role as Christopher Tracy in the 1986 film Under the Cherry Moon. The outfit is estimated to fetch at least $45,000. .
Another expensive item is his stage-worn chain hat from the 1993 Act II Tour, estimated at $40,000. The hat features a black military-style hat with eleven hand-sewn chains hanging from the brim and a metal ‘Love Symbol’ emblem on the front, like the one he made famous in the video ‘My Name is Prince’.
The auction house notes that this hat was worn on stage during the Act II Tour of Europe, which included Prince’s first and only show at London’s legendary Wembley Stadium.
The collector has not been identified, but auctioneer Bobby Livingston said: ‘The collector who owns it has collected these things from various designers and auction houses over the past ten years. So it’s quite an extensive fashion collection that follows Prince’s entire career.’
Prince’s stage-worn, custom-made white ruffled shirt from his iconic performance at the 12th annual American Music Awards, held at the Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, on January 28, 1985. The item is estimated to fetch at least $15,000
Prince’s iconic stage-worn custom chain hat from the 1993 Act II Tour of Europe, featuring a black military-style hat with eleven hand-sewn chains hanging from the brim and a metal ‘Love Symbol’ emblem on the front, like the one he made famous in the ‘My Name is Prince’ video and a Schecter ‘Cloud’ guitar tested by Prince himself for merchandising purposes at Paisley Park. The estimate is well over $4,000
Four of Prince’s personal stage-used lace handkerchiefs in four different colors: black, blue, purple and white. These will fetch at least $800
Prince during a concert at New York’s Nassau Coliseum in 1985
Prince’s iconic blue high-heeled boots from the Act I Tour are also one of the most expensive items on the auction list. They are expected to sell for more than $20,000.
The auction house says they are ‘handsome, handmade blue linen boots, measuring 7″ tall overall (including the 4.5″ heels), with a zippered upper, black leather lining and a Translite rubber sole.
‘Both heels are reinforced with metal brackets, a standard design used for Prince’s stage shoes to prevent them from breaking during Prince’s lavish stage performances. They all have a label on the inside: ‘Custom Made by Willie’s of Hollywood.’
Livingston commented on the shoes, saying, “It just shows an intense amount of wear and tear – how he was jumping on stage and dancing.” You really get a sense of the artist.’
The shoes were purchased from a former employee of Paisley Park, Prince’s private estate and manufacturing complex in Chanhassen, Minnesota.
His famous white lace Purple Rain gloves, which he wore in the 1984 film Purple Rain and during the tour of the same name, are also for sale.
The gloves are estimated to sell for more than $2,000.
The auction website confirms that all items were acquired by the collector from Prince’s wardrobe designer.
The collection includes Prince’s classic white ruffled shirt, which he wore on stage at the 12th annual American Music Awards in 1985. The shirt is estimated to sell for $15,000.
At the 1985 AMAs, he was nominated in ten categories, taking home awards for Favorite Pop/Rock Album, Favorite Soul/R&B Album, and Favorite Soul/R&B Single (for “When Doves Cry”).
A blue Schecter ‘Cloud’ guitar from NPG Music Club tested by the singer is also for sale. It is estimated to sell for $4,000.
The guitar is a Schecter Diamond Series replica of Prince’s iconic blue ‘Cloud’ guitar.
Prince’s iconic stage-worn custom blue high heel boots from the 1993 Act I Tour, featuring classic ‘Love Symbol’ charms as zip pulls. They are estimated to fetch more than $20,000 in bids
A beautiful group of 20 Louis & Vaughn fabric swatches, scraps and swatches from Prince’s Purple Rain era wardrobe department, in various shapes, textures and colours. The bundle of items is estimated to run $800
Prince’s personally worn 24″ white lace glove, worn in the classic 1984 film Purple Rain and during the iconic 1984-85 Purple Rain Tour. They are estimated to raise $2,000
The website confirms that the instrument is from 2002 and was kept by the NPG Music Club store manager as one of the merchandising units Prince himself tested.
It is described as ‘in near new condition with the original plastic still on the bridge pickup and back plate and including the original box and warranty card.’
Perhaps the most surprising item on the auction list are his Purple Rain handkerchiefs, which are expected to sell for more than $800.
The handkerchiefs are described as ‘used as accessories to his various outfits and costumes. Prince often threw these handkerchiefs into the audience.
They are available in black, blue, purple and white and are described as being in ‘generally fine condition’.
Other eccentric items up for auction include collections of dyed fabric samples for his tours, a handwritten note with wardrobe changes for his 1990 Nude Tour and Polaroid photos of his wardrobe collection.
The auction, titled ‘The Fashion of Prince’, aims to celebrate ‘the glamorous style’ of the iconic singer. The timed auction ends on November 16.