Prince's 'Purple Rain' clothing sells for USD 192,000

A shirt and jacket worn by legendary singer Prince in the iconic film "Purple Rain" have sold for USD 96,000 each.

PTI| Last Updated: Jul 05, 2016, 11:12 AM IST
Prince's 'Purple Rain' clothing sells for USD 192,000

London: A shirt and jacket worn by legendary singer Prince in the iconic film "Purple Rain" have sold for USD 96,000 each.

The clothes have sold for almost USD 180,000 more than expected, reported Female First.

Auctioneers Profiles in History had expected the white ruffled shirt and leather-sleeved blazer worn by the singer, who died at the age of 57 in April, in the 1984 film to sell for USD 6,000 and USD 8,000 apiece, but when they went under the hammer, bidding reached a staggering USD 96,000 per item.

The garments were originally acquired by a make-up artist who worked on "Purple Rain" and she later gave the items to her sibling.

The auction house previously insisted the sale had been planned to take place even before the "Raspberry Beret" hitmaker was found dead at his Paisley Park estate.

"It just happened to be one of those coincidences that unfortunately he passed away. Probably the signature thing he is known for is 'Purple Rain'. It's what made his career. It's probably what he'll be remembered for always. To have an important piece like this is pretty astonishing and an amazing opportunity," Profiles in History founder Joe Maddalena said.

The auction house did not reveal the identity of the person who bought the iconic clothing.

The sale of the 'Purple Rain' items comes just a week after Prince's iconic 'Yellow Cloud' guitar sold for USD 137,500.