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Lot #9227
Prince and the NPG 'Puple Rain' Tambourine Used During 'Nude Tour' Rehearsals

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Estimate: $2000+
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One of Prince's 'signature' tambourines that goes back to his Purple Rain period—an appealing dark purple double-row tambourine with a 10″ open head used by Prince and the New Power Generation during rehearsals for the 1990 Nude Tour. In fine condition, with some wear from use. Originates from the collection of Prince publicist/manager Jill Willis, who notes that the tambourine was "used and left onstage—I was doing some work at Paisley (visiting from New York) when Prince and the NPG were rehearsing for the Nude Tour in 1990. After the rehearsals had ended, I was talking to one of the employees in the soundstage and spotted the tambourine lying on the edge of the stage. I asked one of the band's techs if I could have it—or have a different one—and he said to take 'that one' if I wanted it."

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Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Marvels of Modern Music
  • Dates: #679 - Ended December 14, 2023