BOSTON, July 16 (UPI) — A two-page, undated, handwritten letter written by Paul McCartney to Prince has sold for $14,822, the Boston-based firm RR Auction announced.
McCartney begins his missive, “Dear Princely person,” then goes on to ask the artist for help in establishing the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts.
“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,” the former Beatle’s letter explained. “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.”
McCartney signed the letter “Paul (McCartney)” and sketched a smiley face at the end.
“We’re not sure if Prince made a donation or not — the vast majority of his contributions were gifted anonymously,” Robert Livingston, executive vice president at RR Auction, said in a statement Friday. “It is an incredible letter with personal content relating to McCartney’s philanthropic efforts to extend the gift of music to future generations.”
Prince died of an accidental drug overdose in April. He was 57.