For the first time since his death last April, an official traveling exhibit of Prince memorabilia will go on display in London in October. The 21-day “My Name is Prince” showcase will visit London’s O2 Arena beginning Oct. 27 and “give fans the chance to get up close and personal with the music legend’s life and work” according to a release announcing the run.
The exhibit will have hundreds of never-before-seen artifacts from Prince’s iconic Paisley Park estate in Minnesota, including a number leaving the site for the first time, such as: stage clothes from the 1984/85 Purple Rain tour and 1988/1989 LoveSexy tour, wardrobe from the 1990 movie Graffiti Bridge, Gibson L65 guitar that Prince used during his national television debut on American Bandstand in 1980, original bass that inspired the Cloud guitar, orange cloud guitar made for Prince’s 2007 Super Bowl halftime performance, Third Eye sunglasses from 2014, diamond studded cane from 2015, clothing from the 2007 3121 shows, “Raspberry Beret” cloud suit from 1985.
“This is the first time we’ve taken any items out of Paisley Park,” Prince’s sister Tyka Nelson told The Guardian. “I’m so excited to be able to meet the fans and share their Prince stories and give them hugs, and have a cry with them if need be.” Prince died of an overdose of prescription pain medication in April of 2016 at age 57. Paisley Park has become a museum since his death and the director of the singer’s archive, Angie Marchese, told the Guardian that the singer had always pictured making his home and his vast collection of memorabilia open to the public.
The exhibit will run for 21 days, in honor of the record-breaking run of 21 sold-out shows Prince played at the O2 in August and September of 2007. Tickets for the show go on sale at 9 a.m. on Aug. 25.