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Prince’s iconic Purple Rain shirt raises nearly $100,000 at auction

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The white ruffled shirt and a black-and-white blazer worn by Prince in the film Purple Rain has been sold at auction for 32 times their asking price, fetching nearly $100,000 (£75,000) in California. According to reports, the Profiles In History auction house said the shirt and jacket worn by Prince’s character, The Kid, had an asking price of $3,000-$5,000, but sold for $96,000.

A white ruffled shirt from Prince’s Purple Rain tour sold separately for $32,000, while a pair of knee-length high-heeled boots from Prince’s 1988 Lovesexy tour sold for $17,920, and a necklace from his Diamonds and Pearls music video netted $8,320.

Profiles In History founder Joe Maddalena said the blazer from Purple Rain – which had an asking price of $6,000-$8,000 – was due to be sold before Prince‘s unexpected death in April. The late music star’s make-up artist was given the jacket after she worked with the legendary musician on the film, he said.

Speaking before the sale, Maddalena said: “It just happened to be one of those coincidences that unfortunately he passed away.

“Probably the signature thing he is known for is Purple Rain. It’s what made his career. It’s probably what he’ll be remembered for always.

“To have an important piece like this is pretty astonishing and an amazing opportunity.”




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