In March I posted a story about Prince‘s ex, Mayte Garcia‘s auction of memorabilia. After his death yesterday, I checked back to see how well the items had sold and was shocked to see most items had been withdrawn, and only a few had sold, like the faux-diamond encrusted handcuff and the cancelled check I had my eye on.
The auction was “curated” by Mayte and Prince’s former manager Owen Husney –which makes you wonder if Prince ever wanted it to happen at all?
Vanity Fair featured this interview with Mayte about her relationship with Prince, which ended in 2000.
“Our entire time together was amazing and surreal, and he showed me some incredible things and introduced me to incredible people,” said the ex, for whom Prince wrote The Most Beautiful Girl in the World.
The two married on Valentine’s Day 1996 in Prince’s hometown of Minneapolis. Fittingly, white doves were released as the duo exchanged vows. Prince, as you might imagine, was not a prototypical husband—never taking Garcia on a date (although their home did have a night club inside), always wearing high heels, and, because of his mid-career name change, making it hard for Garcia to address him.
“We never had any pet names, and I don’t think in the whole time we were together I called him anything, which I guess is a bit weird.”
“I never called him Prince because I wanted him to be a person to me, not the man behind Purple Rain. Plus, technically, I was married to the Symbol. Our house was full of them, but I just couldn’t say the word. When we got married it was much easier. If someone else was there I could say,
‘Could I speak to my husband please?’”
Sadly, the two split after losing their son, Boy Gregory, a week after he was born, and suffering another miscarriage.
“There is no animosity or bad blood, and he was my husband and the father of my child. So although I am not actively in love with him, I will always love him—he’s a great guy.”
And now he’s gone suddenly.
Here are some of the superstar’s fab costumes, props, jewelry and even his wedding china that went unsold. The day after his death the auction was still up at here at Nate D. Sanders Auctions, but it seems to have been taken down now. As with most things, after his passing of course these things, which were already pricey, have just become priceless.
(T/Y Tad; via Vanity Fair)