While the Grammys paid tribute to Prince Sunday night (above), fashion and ephemera from the late artist’s life was up for auction, including clothing from on-screen appearances, instruments, signed singles, and select awards. Also: notes, a lot of handwritten notes.
Most are short directives scribbled to assistants and other collaborators—some on paper torn from a composition notebook, some on official letterhead that read “From the desk of Prince” (and later “From the desk of [symbol signifying the name Prince]”). Some are signed, some are not.
Several of the missives were intended for Jackie Swanson, who was the woman in the “Raspberry Beret” video and a close friend of Prince’s (she later played Woody Harrelson’s love interest in Cheers). One of them reads, “Are u well, today? I hope so. I am in Minnesota rehearsing 4 a world tour. I made a song about u and I sing it before every Tuesday’s rehearsal. It’s a cute little ditty entitled ‘Palamino Pleasure Ride.’ Please send me pictures of u, I miss your smile. I am very happy and I hope u are 2.”
Another says, “Jackie, just a note 2 tell u all is well. We dance & sing everyday getting ready 4 a summer tour. I’ll send u my new disc when it’s mastered (tech term),” and on the back it reads, “Sealed with spit.” Each are estimated to go for upward of $2,000.
Source: Vanity Fair | Kenzie Bryant