The iconic white ruffled shirt, and black and white blazer with leather sleeves from Prince‘s 1984 film Purple Rain, have sold for $192,000.
According to the historical pieces dealer Profiles in History that hold these Hollywood Auctions, this figure far exceeded their estimated selling value of around $6000 a piece, with each piece going for a whopping $96,000 each.
In April, Profiles in History stated that the shirt and jacket were acquired by a make-up artist who worked on the set of Purple Rain, later gifting the items to her sibling. That lucky sibling is now the seller of these original pieces.
The Purple Rain get-up was set to be auctioned before Prince’s untimely death in April, but when the news broke they rescheduled the auction. The founder of Profiles in History Joe Maddalena told The Guardian:
“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.”
Prince’s “Yellow Cloud” guitar was also recently sold to Jim Irsay, the owner of the American football team the Indianapolis Colts for $137,500. Prince’s 1978 demo tape and handwritten lyrics also went to auction, by the Prince’s ex-wife Mayte Garcia.
Other auctions by Profiles in History included the outfit worn by Britney Spears in her Baby One More Time video, as well as Katy Perry’s sequin covered bras that she has worn on stage. Michael Jackson’s Swarovski crystal studded glove from the Dangerous World Tour in 1992 was set to be auctioned, however it was withdrawn without explanation.
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