The Fourth of July was a special holiday for the U.S. and Prince fans with the launch of the Prince Online Museum.
The website features 12 of Prince’s official sites throughout his career, ranging from his first, TheDawn.com in 1996, to his last, 3rdEyeGirl.com. There are sites for specific albums – 3121.com and Lotusflow3r as well as his online retail shops including, Crystal Ball and 1-800-New-Funk.
“The Prince Online Museum was built by the people who worked directly with Prince on these projects,” writes director Sam Jennings. “We are the originators, we are the experts. It is a labor of love, no money has been exchanged.” He adds “There will be no downloads sold and no membership fees required. But we do have working versions of almost all of Prince’s official websites. Take a virtual walk through the timeline and remember when anything was possible.”
The mission statement reads, “We wish to acknowledge his 20 years of ground-breaking, provocative, and fiercely independent use of the internet to establish a direct connection between an artist and his audience. The Prince Online Museum encourages the study of the arts online in order to connect people to creativity, knowledge, and ideas. We hope to inspire current and future generations of artists to seek their own creative alternatives to reach their audience.”
After selling a number of items, most importantly his “Yellow Cloud” guitar, at auction two weekends ago, a pair of iconic items were for sale in an auction that closed late last week — and they brought in way more than expected. Though sold separately, the frilled white shirt and black-and-white leather sleeved jacket Prince wore in the movie Purple Rain were each offered for a four figure minimum bid, but both ended up fetching nearly six figures: $96,000 apiece, to be exact.