Prince's 'Purple Rain' Motorcycle Blazer Up For Auction
A coat worn by Prince in 1984 film Purple Rain is going up for auction. The late music legend wore the black-and-white, leather-sleeved blazer while riding a motorcycle with co-star Apollonia Kotero, The Associated Press reports. The garment has an asking price of $6,000 to $8,000 in the June 29th sale from California auction house Profiles in History.
The coat's original seller reportedly acquired the item from her sister, a make-up artist, who was given the item by Prince after working together on Purple Rain.
"It's definitely the most important piece of screen-worn Prince clothing that's ever come up for auction," said Joe Maddalena, president of the Calabasas, California-based auction house, Profiles in History. "This is a signature piece of wardrobe worn from an iconic movie in his most famous role."
"Prince memorabilia in general, it just really doesn't exist. It seems like he controlled it all," Maddalena said. "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 auction will also feature Michael Jackson's Swarovski crystal-studded glove from the 1992 Dangerous world tour, along with costumes from Katy Perry, Alicia Keys and Britney Spears.