What if we told you someone recently paid nearly $15,000 for a handwritten letter? Sounds insane, right? But what if you we told you it was penned by Sir Paul McCartney and addressed to the late, great Prince?
According to Rolling Stone, someone purchased such an item for $14,822 at Boston’s RR Auction. Which is a hefty sum, no doubt, but not too shocking when you consider just how legendary both McCartney and Prince are.
So what did the letter say exactly? Well, McCartney begins with “Dear Princely person,” and then goes on to ask the Purple One for his help in making the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts a reality. Though it's undated, it’s likely this letter was written in the early- to mid-‘80s, as McCartney refers to the 1981 Toxeth riots as an event that only took place “a few years ago.” He then writes about his mission to bring a Fame-type institute to his hometown, but would need to secure donations in order to make it happen. He also invites Prince to teach at the school once it was up and running.
The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts opened its doors about 20 years ago; however, it’s unclear if Prince contributed to its launch.
“We're not sure if Prince made a donation or not—the vast majority of his contributions were gifted anonymously," RR Auction Vice President Robert Livingston said in a statement. "It is an incredible letter with personal content relating to McCartney's philanthropic efforts to extend the gift of music to future generations."
You can read the entire letter below.
Dear Princely person,
Hi there! I know how hard it is to always be getting letters that ask for some favour 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. But, you guessed it! I did agree to do it, so now I'm writing to "friends and all good people" to try and interest them in the scheme. The story started just after the inner-city riots in Liverpool a few years ago. A friend suggested that "what the city needs is a "Fame" School."
I liked the idea as a possible positive focus for local and overseas kids, but it was only later when I went back to my own old school that was in ruins, that I thought by locating a Performing Arts Centre there we could save the 1825 building in the process. So..... (phew!) We're now well on our way, as the enclosed info shows, but there's still a lot to be done. Now the hard part. 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. 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.
Cheers, & love