Prince Secretly Bought the House Used in Purple Rain Film Months Before His Death
Prince paid for the little white Minneapolis home upfront in cash last summer
The little white house where ‘The Kid’ lived in the 1984 classic Purple Rain was secretly bought by the man who made the humble house a local landmark.
Online records show that the fixer-upper was purchased for the amount in August.
The late icon paid more than the $110,000 asking price “sight unseen” for the house at 3420 Snelling Ave. in the city’s Longfellow neighborhood – but never lived in the house and never made the required renovations to the century-old residence, according to the Tribune.
“I don’t think he had a plan. I think he just wanted it,” Deborah Larson, the home’s selling agent, told theTribune.
Larson said she was surprised when she got a phone call last July from someone offering to pay for the house upfront.
Hours later, much to Larson’s shock, the transaction was a done deal. Larson said that when she saw the name NPG Music Publishing on the paperwork, she realized who the buyer was.
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The secret purchase came just one year after news of the listing garnered national attention. The home was made popular thanks to the ’80s classic in which Prince played a rising rocker with a dysfunctional family.
The home, along with the many local properties owned by the late star, are now overseen by Prince’s bank Bremer Trust. With an ongoing battle for the singer’s estimated $250 million estate, it is unclear what will become of the property.
Prince died at his Paisley Park compound in Chanhassen, Minnesota, of an opioid overdose on April 21.