Next, she checked the boots for information and what she found there was even wilder. A post-it stuck to the inside of the left boot that read:
This has been presented to (owner of the home)** in July of 1991 by Jim Shearon, designer for rockstar Prince
**Identity of the homeowner is protected by the Gone for Good confidentiality policy
Barb started searching the web for Jim Shearon. Sure enough, he was the designer for Prince, among many other stars of the 80s including Barbara Streisand, Cher and Janet Jackson to name a few. Next, she searched for a way to contact Paisley Park, the estate and recording studio of Prince. With all of the information she had gathered, it was easier than she thought.
She took several photos of the costume and emailed them directly to the estate’s staff. After a couple of weeks, the staff emailed back to explain that they believed the outfit was made in the late 80s and while they could verify that it was made for him, they weren’t sure if he had ever actually worn it on stage.
Barb was able to sell the outfit on eBay for over $8,000.00 to a fan in North Carolina. It is now on display in her home in a room dedicated to Prince. Imagine if this wonderful piece of history was just hauled off to a landfill and no one ever cherished it again. This is why Gone for Good has experts like Barb to inspect each piece.
It’s true, not every piece is a diamond in the rough like this but Gone for Good’s policy to make sure they repurpose everything they find leaves shoppers with the hope that there is always a chance. Another item this valuable could turn up at any time and the uncertainty of their philosophy is truly the beauty of their mission.
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