A mystery buyer recently purchased a very nice piece of music memorabilia. The unnamed bidder recently paid at auction nearly $15,000 for a handwritten letter penned by Sir Paul McCartney and addressed to the late, great Prince.
Rolling Stone just published an article saying that the letter was purchased for $14,822 at Boston’s RR Auction. Expensive, yes, but let’s face it, when you consider the parties involved it’s a wonderful piece of music history.
In the letter McCartney begins with “Dear Princely person,” and continues to ask Prince for his help in making the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts a reality.
It’s thought that the letter was written in the early- to mid-‘80s because McCartney refers to the 1981 Toxteth riots as an event that only took place “a few years ago.” He also invited Prince to teach at the school once it was up and running.
Liverpool’s Institute for Performing Arts opened 20 years ago; however, it’s not clear as to whether Prince contributed to its launch.
RR Auction Vice President Robert Livingston said in a statement, “We’re not sure if Prince made a donation or not—the vast majority of his contributions were gifted anonymously.” Adding: “It is an incredible letter with personal content relating to McCartney’s philanthropic efforts to extend the gift of music to future generations.”
Here is the letter in its entirety:
Dear Princely person,
Hi there! I know how hard it is to always be getting letters that ask for some favour or another, so it was not easy for me to accept the job of Lead Patron for a Performing Arts School to be located in my home town, Liverpool. But, you guessed it! I did agree to do it, so now I’m writing to “friends and all good people” to try and interest them in the scheme. The story started just after the inner-city riots in Liverpool a few years ago. A friend suggested that “what the city needs is a ‘Fame’ School.”
I liked the idea as a possible positive focus for local and overseas kids, but it was only later when I went back to my own old school that was in ruins, that I thought by locating a Performing Arts Centre there we could save the 1825 building in the process. So….. (phew!) We’re now well on our way, as the enclosed info shows, but there’s still a lot to be done. Now the hard part. A donation from you would be a great boost to the project, and I know your involvement in some way, would be a thrill for everyone concerned. Hope you didn’t mind me writing this, it’s so long since I’ve written letters I feel like I’m back at school myself.
Anyway, one of these days you’ll have to come and teach a class some moves!! Who knows, it may turn out to be something special for thousands of future kids. Thanks for looking at this.
Cheers, & love