Despite leading a private life away from the spotlight, possessions from enigmatic music legend Prince are hitting the auction block, courtesy of his first wife Mayte Garcia, former manager Owen Husney and collaborator/guitarist Dez Dickinson.
The catalog includes a #VeryRare cassette tape recorded in the 1970s, loaded with early Prince material including three unreleased songs and earlier versions of eventual releases like an acoustic version of “So Blue,” “Gotta Broken Heart Again” (which later appeared on his 1980 Dirty Mind album) and a “virtually unrecognizable version” of “Sometimes It Snows in April” (which eventually landed on the 1986 Parade LP). The minimum bid for the tape is $20,000.
“Prince originally gave me the cassette in late 1978 because he wanted me to listen to a record he had recorded on side A (a female-fronted funk band whose name I don’t remember now),” Dickerson explains in the item description. “Sometime during the next year or so, I used the A side to record some scratch bass and guitar parts for songs I was going to be recording for a rock/power pop demo I was doing, recording over the original content (you can still hear a snippet of the funk record at the end of the side). On side B, Prince had his work versions of 6 songs, which I left intact for, at that time, unknown reasons (obviously, we now know it preserved a piece of musical history).”
The legend’s belongings come with hefty price tags. Prince’s engagement ring has a minimum bid of $100,000, a five-piece set of wedding china touting his famous “Love Symbol” design starts at $5,000, and the 1959 Gibson L-Series used to compose early demo tracks is up for $60,000. A closet full of Prince’s previously worn stage attire including his velvet sequined jacket, elaborate red tunic and gold mesh outfit is also up for auction.