$4,117 Sale Earns Prince Top Spot on Most Expensive Cassette List
An original edition of Prince's The Versace Experience (Prelude 2 Gold) was purchased on the popular online retail site for a whooping $4,117 in August 2016. Untieddiaries 1979-87, the compilation cassette at No. 2, sold for $2,300 the following year.
Arriving just a few months before 1995's The Gold Experience, the 32-minute Versace Experience featured remixes of "P. Control"; "Shhh," the sexy Prince song that was originally sang by a teenage Tevin Campbell for his most successful album, Ready; "Billy Jack Bitch"; "Shy"; and his Carmen Electra diss track, "Eye Hate U." Also included were two songs from the New Power Generation's Exodus album, "Get Wild" and "Free the Music."
The Versace Experience quickly become one of Prince's most sought-after rarities after it was given out to attendees during Paris Fashion Week in July 1995. Still, it's possible this Discogs buyer developed some regrets when a new 4,000-copy pressing of the cassette was released for Record Store Day in 2019.
Whatever collectors paid, the project stands as a testiment to Prince's long relationship with the fashion house and Donatella Versace, who considered him a close friend.
"He didn’t just influence my work; he epitomized what Versace stands for: Creative, fierce, daring, extraordinary," Donatella told Vogue in 2018. "He created an aura of uniqueness around himself that very few artists in history have been able to do. He was not afraid to show who he truly was, and that’s a lesson also my brother [Versace founder] Gianni taught me."