Prince's Purple Rain jacket smashes auction estimate in California

Nathan Parke

Nathan Parke

2016-07-04 09:17:06

A jacket and shirt worn by Prince in Purple Rain have sold for almost $200,000 at auction in California.

The pieces were part of a sale of Hollywood memorabilia held by Profiles in History, which also featured everything from Star Wars props to Marilyn Monroe outfits.

Prince had worn the frilled shirt and black and white motorcycle jacket in his 1984 movie debut, a semi-autobiographical musical about a rock musician in Minnesota.

The film's soundtrack album, which sold more than 20 million copies, featured Prince's career-defining title song 'Purple Rain' along with other hits such as 'Let's Go Crazy'.

The sale of the items had been planned before Prince's untimely passing at his Paisley Park home in April 2016. The jacket was offered with an estimate of $6,000 - $8,000, and the shirt just $3,000 - $5,000, but both soared to final prices of $96,000 each for a combined total of $192,000.

Interest in Prince memorabilia has soared in recent weeks, with several items hitting the market following his death.

Last month one of Prince's custom 'cloud' guitars, played on-stage and in the studio throughout the 1990s, hit the block at Heritage Auctions in Beverly Hills. Having previously sold in 2013 for just $30,000, the iconic yellow instrument was snapped up by Jim Irsay, owner of the Indianapolis Colts and a renowned guitar collector, for $137,500.

The Purple Rain wardrobe items weren't the only pieces of Prince memorabilia on offer at the Profiles in History sale.

Another white frilled shirt, this one worn by Prince on-stage during his Purple Rain World Tour, sold for $32,000, followed by a pair of knee-length high-heeled suede boots from the 1988 Lovesexy tour which fetched for $17,920, and a prop necklace from his 1991 Diamonds and Pearls music video which sold for $8,320.

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