Early vintage ink signature, "Prince R. Nelson, 12-18-78,” on a 8.5 x 5.75 segment cut from the close of a letter sent to American Artists, the company founded by Prince's first manager Owen Husney. In fine condition, with a trimmed top edge, and two light horizontal mailing folds, one of which passes through the signature. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope, which features Prince's typed return address: "Prince, 5215 France Ave. South. Edina Mn. 55435." Prince lived at this address from the summer of 1978 until 1980, and had his first rudimentary home studio (essentially an 8-track recording unit) at the location. Also accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Rockaway Records. At the time he signed this, Prince had released only one album—For You—which debuted eight months earlier in April 1978. This is the earliest Prince signature we have ever offered.
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