Purple Rain jacket to be auctioned

AN ICONIC jacket worn by Prince in the 1984 film Purple Rain will be auctioned in Los Angeles in June, auction house Profiles in History has revealed.

“It’s definitely the most important piece of screen-worn Prince clothing that’s ever come up for auction,” Profiles in History president Joe 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 famously private singer gave the jacket to a makeup artist at the end of the shoot, auction house spokesman Jeff Hare told AFP.

It has an asking price of up to $US8000 ($A10,500), but is likely to fetch more at the June 29 sale.

Prince wore the black and white jacket with leather sleeves in a famous scene, as he picks up his co-star Apollonia Kotero on a motorcycle.

They ride to a lake, where he convinces her to strip off her tight leather jumpsuit and jump in the cold water.

 One of his generation’s most influential and prolific musicians, Prince died suddenly on April 21 at the age of 57 at his Paisley Park estate outside Minneapolis.The cause of death is not yet known.


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