Paul McCartney’s Personal Letter to Prince Sold at Auction
The letter that Beatles bassist Paul McCartney wrote to Prince was recently sold at an auction for almost $15,000. In the hand-written letter, McCartney was asking for donations from the "Purple Rain" singer for the development of the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts.
According to Entertainment Weekly, McCartney's personal letter was sold through the RR Auction in Boston. Bidding on the item closed at $14,822.50, a price that greatly surpassed its estimated value of $4,000.
The Beatles member penned the letter to solicit donations from his friend and fellow legendary artist, Prince. He sent out the two-page correspondence to gather financial support for the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, which he established in 1996.
"Dear Princely person," McCartney wrote. "Hi there! I know how hard it is to always be getting letters that ask for some favor 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."
"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," he continued. "Hope you don't mind me writing this, it's so long since I've written letters I feel like I'm back at school myself."
Given their iconic statuses in the music industry and their great passion for the arts, it's no surprise that McCartney and Prince were close friends. As stated by the musician in the letter, this was one of the reasons why he wrote to Prince to help fund the performing arts institute.
As for McCartney, he's currently touring around the U.S. performing the different hits by the Beatles. He was recently at the Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts, where he was joined by New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski.
The NFL star, nicknamed by fans as the Gronk, joined McCartney onstage to dance and play air-guitar with the Beatles member as they performed "Helter Skelter," ESPN reported.
— Matt Karolian (@mkarolian) July 18, 2016