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Born Prince Rogers Nelson in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the Artist Formerly Known as Prince had what many would call a remarkably unextraordinary beginning. Egged on by his father, Prince developed a keen interest in music early on. From writing his first song ‘Funk Machine’ at seven to forming his first band ‘Grand Central’ at thirteen, it wasn’t until ‘Purple Rain’ in 1984 when music lovers finally got a taste of this magnificent artist’s talent. With over a 100 million records sold worldwide, multiple Grammy’s and addition into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, Prince became one of the most prolific artists of his time.

Out of a repository of more than five hundred to one thousand songs (estimate), it was Purple Rain that captured his countless fans imagination. The song and the music video were both hits receiving ample airtime. Even though the song was an emotional rendition of strained relationships and hope for reconciliation, for many – especially motorcycle lovers – it was the customized 1981 Hondamatic Honda CB400A that stood out. An astonishing piece of machinery, the bike was customized by adding special handlebars and a seat with pink velour inserts. With the untimely demise of one of music’s most talented artist, many motorcycle lovers who grew up listening to Prince would always associate ‘Purple Rain’ with Honda.

In his own words ‘A Strong Spirit Transcends Rules’, here is to Skipper Thank you for the Music - Rest in Peace

The Infamous ‘Purple Rain’ Jacket Goes on Auction

The iconic V neck jacket with cross hatching and leather sleeves worn by the late artist Prince is all set for auction. Prince donned this black and white blazer while riding a customized 1981 Hondamatic Honda CB400A with co-star Apollonia Kotero in the 1984 film ‘Purple Rain’.

Motorcycle leather jackets or simple motorcycle jackets make amazing auction items. According to Joe Maddalena, president of Calabasas, the California-based auction house, Profiles in History, “This is a signature piece of wardrobe worn by an iconic movie star in his most famous role”, hence making it a perfect auction item, especially for fans of the artist and motorcycle enthusiasts.

Following the multiple Grammy winner’s recent death, the Purple Rain motorcycle jacket has become a sought after memorabilia. The asking price for the jacket is expected to be around $6,000 - $8,000. However, according the Profiles in History’s client relations expert, Brian Chanes, it is likely to fetch close to $100,000.

Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” jacket and costumes of Britney Spears, Katy Perry and Alicia Keys will also go under the hammer at the June 29 auction.