By Hayden Wright
“Purple Rain” is expanding its theatrical re-release so more Prince fans can enjoy the iconic film on the big screen. And a key piece of memorabilia from the movie, his leather jacket, will hit the auction block June 29.
Profiles in History will auction the piece—most famous from the scenes featuring Apollonia Kotero on a motorcycle. The auction house expects the jacket to go for between $6,000 and $8,000. Joe Maddalena, president of the Calabasas, CA-based company, said that Prince’s tight control of memorabilia makes this a rare entry to the market.
“It’s definitely the most important piece of screen-worn Prince clothing that’s ever come up for auction,” he said. “This is a signature piece of wardrobe worn from an iconic movie in his most famous role.”
The house has previously sold cultural artifacts including Charlie Chaplin’s cane, Indiana Jones’ whip and setpieces from The Wizard of Oz.