Boston, Massachusetts– Fans of Prince, who was known almost as much for his flamboyant wardrobe as his chart-topping hits, have the chance to bid on some of the late musician’s fashion finery in an online auction this week.
The collection, which includes more than 200 lots up for sale, was assembled by a French collector who initially hoped to open a museum honoring the musician but later abandoned the plan, according to RR Auction of Boston, which is overseeing the sale.
The collector had turned to people who worked closely with Prince to collect the items because he was convinced that the pioneering artist, who died in 2016, was not only a musical virtuoso but also a fashion icon, the auction house said.
One of the highlights of the auction is a white ruffled shirt that Prince wore during his performance of the song “Purple Rain” at the 1985 American Music Awards.
The auction house estimated the value at $15,000.
According to Bobby Livingston of RR Auction, the auction traces Prince’s musical and fashion evolution from his “Purple Rain” era to his death.
“What this auction really does is it shows the influence and legacy of Prince with his fashion choices and how it relates today when you see all these artists on tour, you know, different costumes, different outfits that suit each one “Reinvent tour.” he said.
Also up for auction is the outfit Prince wore in “Under the Cherry Moon,” a 1986 film starring Prince and in which he also made his directorial debut. The auction house estimated the outfit’s value at $45,000.
Other items on offer include a pair of high-heeled blue boots from the Act I Tour valued at $20,000; a custom gold stage outfit with love symbols valued at $10,000 and a blue Schecter “Cloud” guitar played by Prince valued at $4,000; and a chain hat.
In addition to fashion, this auction also includes original Polaroid photos, master tapes of hit albums and official documentation of his films and music videos.
Bidding for the auction ends on Thursday.
Earlier this year, Prince’s home state of Minnesota honored him by naming a stretch of highway after him that passes his home in Paisley Park. The ink the governor used to sign the renaming bill was purple — Prince’s signature color.