Dressing like Prince isn’t for everyone. Stage clothes, a guitar, various jewelry and objects that belonged to the music and fashion megastar, who died in 2016, were sold at auction for $675,000, the company RR Auction announced on Monday. Among these 164 pieces, so far owned by a French businessman: a famous white frilled shirt sold for more than $33,000, a large cross pendant and a guitar purchased for tens of thousands of dollars.
The auction took place online from October 25 to November 16, and the total result of $675,000 was announced Monday by a small Boston auction house, RR Auction, which previously sold Prince items in 2018. The estimate of the lot of this “Fashion of Prince Auction” was between 300,000 and 40,000 dollars, confided last week the vice-president of the company, Robert Livingston. “It’s incredible for us, the attention given to this collection (…) in honor of Prince, a music legend and a fashion icon,” he said.
The entire collection was owned by a French businessman who had been in Prince’s inner circle for 20 years, according to RR Auctions. This Parisian, whom the New York Times identified as Bertrand Brillois, convinced those close to the multidimensional American artist, who died at 57, that he was both a musical genius and a fashion icon . Mr. Brillois then purchased and accumulated clothing, jewelry and accessories from Prince Rogers Nelson, his real name.
Among these objects, the white frilled silk shirt by designer Louis and Vaughn & Marie-France that Prince had on his back on January 28, 1985 on the stage of the American Music Awards in Los Angeles: the rocker sang his famous “Purple” there. Rain,” as part of a massive 98-concert tour of North America almost 40 years ago.
It found a buyer for $33,219. His “Blue Schecter Cloud” guitar went for $64,514 and his high-heeled blue stage boots went for $24,079. Instruments, objects, clothes of the stars are the delights of auction houses: Julien’s Auctions sold last week in Nashville a guitar by Kurt Cobain for more than 1.5 million dollars and another by Eric Clapton for almost 1 .3 million.
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