RR Auction sets stage for Prince memorabilia sale Feb. 15

Prince stage-worn boots, which are expected to sell for more than $50,000. RR Auction image

BOSTON – RR Auction will present a fresh lot of exciting collectibles in its Prince Auction on Thursday, Feb. 15. The fully illustrated catalog can be viewed on LiveAuctioneers.

From the time he exploded onto the music scene in 1978 with his debut album For You, until his untimely death in 2016, Prince reigned over the landscape of modern music in a way few have before or after. With his unparalleled virtuosity as a prolific singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and electric live performer, Prince leaves behind a legacy of chart-topping and record-smashing success. His legions of fans worldwide still mourn the loss of his larger-than-life talent.

Prince’s personally worn wristwatch from the early 1990s, featuring his famous symbol in black on a white face. Estimate: $3,000-$3,750. RR Auction image

The collection offers an intimate glimpse of an elusive musician who valued his personal privacy and kept his inner circle small. Items featured are stage-worn clothing and jewelry and personally owned items, autographed photos (unpublished, promos and candids) and rare albums (many still sealed). There are highly sought-after handwritten notes and lyrics, and items used by Prince on stage and off.

More than 200 items are included in the sale, originating from Prince insiders.

Prince’s black ‘symbol’ tambourine used during the 1993 Act II Tour of Europe. Estimate: $2,000-$2,500. RR Auction image

Some incredible stand-out items featured in this auction include:

–Prince’s stage worn purple boots. The custom-made high-heeled shoes feature a black leather interior and purple satin exterior. The zippers on the sides are decorated with large silver “love symbol” charms. These boots were clearly extensively worn by the iconic musician.

–Prince’s handwritten working script for the 1986 film Under the Cherry Moon, plus a handwritten and signed title page.” The red notebook contains eight single-sided pages of Prince’s handwritten working script for the 1986 film Under the Cherry Moon, plus a handwritten and signed title page.

–Rare original 1987 U.S. first pressing of The Black Album factory sealed in its original shrink wrap, complete with an affixed peach-and-black sticker on the front, “Explicit Lyrics, Parental Advisory.”

–Drafted lyrics for I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man, entirely in Prince’s hand.

Prince handwritten lyrics for ‘I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man.’ Estimate: $10,000-$12,500. RR Auction image

–Prince microphone from Purple Rain tour, the stage-used Sennheiser mic was used during the second half of the 1984-85 Purple Rain tour.

–Prince’s purple pants from circa 1982-1985. The pants are custom-made with a tiny 25-inch waist and 26.5-inch inseam. These pants are identical in color and fabric to the jacket Prince wore during a photo session with legendary photographer Richard Avedon on Dec. 22, 1982.

Prince’s personally owned and worn pair of pants. Estimate: $15,000-$18,500. RR Auction image

–Prince’s black mesh cropped shirt decorated with black tassels along the sleeves, worn on the same night of his private performance party for Minneapolis Mayor Sharon Sayles Belton on Jan. 14, 1995.

The Prince Auction from RR Auction will conclude on Feb. 15. More details can be found online at www.rrauction.com.