Paul McCartney's letter to Prince sells for $15,000
A letter written by Paul McCartney to Prince has sold for $14,822, as part of an online memorabilia sale by Boston-based RR Auction.
The undated, hand-written letter was sent to Prince during the 1990s, as McCartney attempted to raise funds for the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, which opened its doors in 1996.
McCartney was acting in his role as Lead Patron of the school, using his connections to solicit donations from some of his most famous friends and acquaintances.
He begins the letter “Dear Princely person", and explains the history of the project, in part:
"The story started just after the inner-city riots in Liverpool a few years ago. A friend suggested that ‘what the city needs is a 'Fame’ School'...but it was only later when I went back to my own old school that was in ruins, that I thought by locating a Performing Arts Centre there we could save the 1825 building in the process."
He then asks Prince for his involvement in the project:
"Now the hard part. A donation from you would be a great boost to the project, and I know your involvement in some way, would be a thrill for everyone concerned. Hope you didn't mind me writing this, it's so long since I've written letters I feel like I'm back at school myself. Anyway, one of these days you'll have to come and teach a class some moves!! Who knows, it may turn out to be something special for thousands of future kids."
Although it's unknown whether Prince responded to McCartney's letter, it's highly possible that he contributed money to the project, as he was renowned for making anonymous charitable donations throughout his life.
Following Prince's untimely death earlier this year, McCartney described him as a "creative giant".
Further top-selling lots from the eclectic sale included a sample containment bag flown to the moon aboard Apollo 15, which sold for $61,212; a rare autographed, handwritten letter by Benjamin Franklin, which fetched $36,546; a pocket watch owned by Wild West lawman turned New York newspaper columnist Bat Masterson, which sold for $15,893; and an original Mary Blair concept painting from the classic 1950 film Cinderella, which sold for $14,822.
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