It has emerged that Prince purchased the house that was featured in his film Purple Rain, the film that launched the singer to superstardom in the 1980s.
The house was featured in the 1984 movie where Prince played budding musician The Kid—the movie also earned The Purple One an Academy Award for Best Original Song Score the following year.
It appears that the house, which is located at 3420 Snelling Avenue in Minneapolis, Minnesota, went up for sale a year ago. Real estate agent Deborah Larsen of Coldwell Banker Burnet claims he bought the house last July in a very undercover transaction, eight months before he died in April 2016.
Larsen who handled the sale told the Star Tribune, “I don’t think he had a plan. I think he just wanted it.”
Apparently, Larsen received a phone call last July from a woman in California who said she wanted to make an offer on the house without viewing it —and then offered to pay for it, in full, up front.
Larsen had reservations about the call as she had received several bogus inquiries from fans until that point, and was unconvinced at first. But she explained to the woman inquiring how to complete the transaction.
The woman followed through and called Larsen back within a couple of hours, having completed all the required steps.
It came to light that Prince was behind the purchase when Larsen saw the name of the company, NPG Music Publishing, written on the paperwork.
To guarantee he became the owner, Prince paid $117,000 for the two-story, three-bedroom property, $7,000 above the original asking price, which was set at $110,000. The house was built in 1913, and listed as in need of repair.
Prince never lived inside the Snelling Avenue house, but you can understand why the star had to have the property. At the time of his death Prince lived at his Paisley Park estate in Chanhassen, MN, about 20 miles away.
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