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The Prince Collection of Karen Krattinger

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In order to match his eclectic nature, Prince surrounded himself with eclectic people. Karen Krattinger wore many hats during her five-year tenure with the elusive rock star, first working as production coordinator on the Purple Rain Tour, then moving to Minneapolis to become general manager of PRN Productions, road manager for the Revolution, and perhaps most importantly, Prince’s on-the-call executive assistant. She also handled the interior design of Paisley Park Studios and Prince's personal residence. Seemingly overnight, their relationship evolved from brief morning courtesies to emergency phone calls and impromptu party arrangements, with Krattinger in charge of gathering and assimilating information for a man who remained unremittingly creative.

From mid-1984 thru early 1989, few in the famed Paisley Park Studios earned as unique a perspective of Prince as did Krattinger, whose incredible collection of mementos and keepsakes is as much in keeping with Prince’s eccentricity as it is his storied generosity. From customized canes and post-concert invitations to signed photos, ruffled shirts, and a voodoo doll, Krattinger’s collection spans what may ultimately be remembered as Prince’s most formative and influential period as an artist.