If there was one thing the late pop star Prince was known for, it was accessories. From his famed high-heeled boots (hey, the guy was only 5’2”) to his kooky “third-eye” sunglasses, Prince never entered a room without making a photo-worthy fashion statement. Now the industry is abuzz with the fact that some of his fashion items are coming to auction.
The boots will hit auction from June 29 to July 1, 2016 at Profiles in History, the nation’s leading dealer in guaranteed-authentic original historical autographs, letters, documents, vintage signed photographs and manuscripts.
The boots have an opening bid of $10,000 to $15,000 but are expected to go higher, according to consignment curator Raymond Janis. “It’s very rare to have Prince items come to auction. He was always very private and guarded of his image, and these are items that are coming to the forefront from charities or through people who were close to him. It’s very exciting.”
Janis adds that it’s tough to estimate what Prince’s items will ultimately sell for, as their value is emotional and it depends how many people are bidding up the price. “We’ve had items start at $1,000 and sell for $100,000!” Profiles in History holds record-setting prices for original screen-used memorabilia and is the world’s largest auctioneer of original Hollywood memorabilia.
The three day auction, featuring memorabilia from various music and screen stars, will feature Prince’s items on the third day, July 1. View the auction flip book.
People can bid in four ways: Live at the auction house in Calabasas, California, via phone, via absentee bidding and online through auction host invaluable.com, which will present a live video feed during the event.
Other Prince fashion items include his GRAFFITI and BRIDGE cufflinks (starting bid: $1000 to $1,500) and ruffled white shirt worn on his Purple Rain tour and in the Purple Rain movie (starting bid: $2,000 to $3,000).
Heels Made the Man
Prince was certainly the example of heels making the man. He wore his heels with everything, from baroque brocade in “Purple Rain” to his gold metallic outfit at the Grammys. Actually, according to the New York Times, he didn’t wear them to be taller, he wore them because “women like ‘em.” In fact, Jimmy Fallon stated on an SNL Prince tribute that “Prince was the only guy who could steal your woman while wearing heels.”
And if there’s any doubt about the power of heels, just read about “Standing Tall: The Curious History of Men in Heels,” a show at Toronto’s Bata Shoe Museum, which featured Prince and discussed how heels put men in a power position.
Ladies and Gentlemen, we are gathered here today, to celebrate this thing called… fashion. Indeed.