The admin of Prince’s vast estate has denied reports that they are planning to sell Paisley Park, Prince’s former home and recording studio complex.
These reports surfaced thanks to a court filing on Friday, which listed the Paisley Park property among the list of assets that could be sold.
Despite this, the Bremer Trust issued a statement saying they had “no plans” to sell the property. They also insisted that the “Purple Rain house”, which was featured in the career defining film of the same name, was also safe from sale.
There have been calls from fans to open Prince’s studios and soundstages to the public, in a similar fashion to Elvis’ Graceland.
Prince probably wouldn’t have been adverse to this, as according to friend and collaborator Sheila E, he “was working on it being a museum”.
She said: “We’re hoping to make Paisley what [Prince wanted] it to be. [He] was working on it being a museum. He’s been gathering memorabilia and stuff from all the tours, like my drums and his motorcycle. There’s a hallway of his awards and things, which he really didn’t care about too much, but he displayed it for the fans because he knows that they would want to see it.”
“There’s pictures of him all down the halls, some you’ve seen before and some never [seen]… There’s a mural on the wall with his hands out and on one side is all the people he was influenced by and the other side is all of us who have played with him… It’s beautiful.”
Meanwhile, the question of determining Prince’s heirs is still being decided in court. Just last month the pool had been whittled down by a judge to 40 claimants, excluding 29 of them and ordering genetic tests on six of them.
These include four siblings or half-siblings – Tyka Nelson, Sharon Nelson, Norrine Nelson and John Nelson – and a possible niece and grand-niece, Brianna Nelson and Victoria Nelson.