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Prince's 'Purple Rain' blazer can be yours - for a cool €7000

Iconic piece of memorabilia is going up for auction

Nicole Evatt

Published 29/04/2016 | 08:34

Prince embraces Apollonia Kotero in a scene from the film 'Purple Rain', 1984. (Photo by Warner Brothers/Getty Images)
Prince embraces Apollonia Kotero in a scene from the film 'Purple Rain', 1984. (Photo by Warner Brothers/Getty Images)

A rare piece of memorabilia from Prince's 1984 classic film Purple Rain is going under the hammer.

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The pop superstar donned the black and white blazer with leather sleeves while riding a motorcycle with co-star Apollonia Kotero.

"It's definitely the most important piece of screen-worn Prince clothing that's ever come up for auction," said Joe Maddalena, president of auction house Profiles In History, based in Calabasas, California.

"This is a signature piece of wardrobe worn from an iconic movie in his most famous role."

Prince in the film Purple Rain
Prince in the film Purple Rain

The coat is a unique find from the typically reclusive artist, who was found dead at his Paisley Park complex just outside Minneapolis last week.

"Prince memorabilia in general, it just really doesn't exist. It seems like he controlled it all," said Mr 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 his (personal) wardrobe."

The original seller said her sister, a make-up artist, received the piece from Prince after they worked together on Purple Rain.

Prince in Purple Rain
Prince in Purple Rain

The June 29 auction will also include costumes from Britney Spears, Katy Perry, Alicia Keys and a Swarovski crystal-studded glove from Michael Jackson's 1992 Dangerous world tour.

Mr Maddalena said he believes the Purple Rain blazer will be the "star of the show" and expects it to sell for much more than the asking price - 6,000 to 8,000 US dollars (€5250 to €7000).

"Hopefully it will reach a price that is equivalent to his stature as a musician," he said.

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