Heirs an­gry as Prince record­ings are moved

Calgary Herald - - MOVIES -

Two sis­ters and heirs of the late rock su­per­star Prince said this week they’re an­gered that the con­tents of his vault, in­clud­ing mas­ter tapes of un­re­leased mu­sic, have been re­moved from his Pais­ley Park stu­dio com­plex and shipped to Cal­i­for­nia.

Sharon and Nor­rine Nel­son, Prince’s half-sis­ters, told The Associated Press they are pre­pared to take le­gal ac­tion to bring the mu­sic back to Min­nesota. The com­pany run­ning the es­tate, Comer­ica Bank & Trust, said the record­ings are safe at a rep­utable stor­age com­pany in Los An­ge­les.

“We want the mu­sic back home in Pais­ley Park where it be­longs,” Sharon Nel­son said.

The record­ings are re­garded as among the most valu­able pieces of an es­tate that court pa­pers have sug­gested is worth about $200 mil­lion.

Sharon Nel­son said she was told Sept. 29 by a “Pais­ley Park rep­re­sen­ta­tive,” whom she wouldn’t iden­tify, that trucks pulled up to the stu­dio-turned-mu­seum in the Min­neapo­lis sub­urb of Chan­has­sen in early Septem­ber and re­moved the con­tents of the vault.

“It’s just as though Prince passed away again,” she said. “I was re­ally dev­as­tated by that.”

The sis­ters said Comer­ica, which is serv­ing as ex­ecu­tor of Prince’s es­tate hasn’t told them ex­actly where the mu­sic was taken or why.

Comer­ica de­fended its de­ci­sion: “On four sep­a­rate oc­ca­sions, Comer­ica dis­cussed the process with the heirs and any sug­ges­tion oth­er­wise is not ac­cu­rate.”

Prince left no will when he died in April 2016 of an ac­ci­den­tal over­dose of painkillers. A judge this May de­clared Prince’s six sur­viv­ing sib­lings his heirs, but they’ve split into two camps.

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