May 27, 2021 Rock & Roll, Entertainment, Sports and Americana
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 5/27/2021

Offered is an archive of documents, souvenir clothing and backstage passes related to Prince's 1980's tours, including Controversy, 1999 and Purple Rain. The material emanates directly from the "Smooth Ride Rock & Roll Tour Bus Collection" and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from owner Sandra Placco. This group includes:

  • The Time band-signed thank you card, including signatures of Morris Day, Jellybean Johnson, Monte Moir, Jesse Johnson, Terry Lewis, Jimmy Jam and Jamie, accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Beckett Authentic;
  • 27th Annual Grammy Awards Invitation/Program, custom produced for Prince and The Revolution, complete with 138 page program with invitation and two page color "Prince" spread. These were custom made and sent to each nominee for the February 26, 1985, awards show that was broadcast on CBS television;
  • 10 Prince "1999 TOUR" backstage passes, with intact, unpeeled rear adhesive;
  • 2 Vanity 6 patches-Vanity 6 accompanied Prince on his 1984-85 Purple Rain tour;
  • July 14, 1987, letter from Smooth Ride owner Sandra Placco to PRN Productions, Prince's management company, discussing plans for an upcoming tour;
  • "Prince and the Revolution World Tour 1984" souvenir tour sweatshirt (some staining);
  • "Prince Controversy World Tour" (1981-82) souvenir tour black tshirt (torn on one shoulder);
  • "Prince Controversy World Tour" (1981-82) souvenir tour yellow tshirt (heavy wear); and
  • 1984 "PRINCE" souvenir sweatshirt (mild staining).

Smooth Ride Rock & Roll Tour Bus Collection

Each lot in the collection is accompanied by a signed letter of authenticity from owner Sandra Placco. Her letters read in part:

Smooth Ride Custom Coach Leasing operated for over 40 years providing tour bus services to rock & roll bands. We began building coaches in our driveway in Red Hook, New York back in 1974. The first tour was with a band called Orleans (their big hit was “Still the One”), and we operated until 2014. We went on to provide tour bus services to dozens and dozens of different acts, including Prince, KISS, Phish, Trey Anastasio, Bob Dylan's “Rolling Thunder Revue”, Janet Jackson, Alice Cooper, TOTO, Bruce Hornsby, Don Henley, Steve Miller, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Neil Young, Weezer, Fall Out Boy, Arcade Fire, to name just a few!

The business originally started as “Land Yacht” and gained the trusted name of “Smooth Ride” in the early 80s. Our reputation grew, and tours just came in as entertainers found that we provided a better way to get from point A to point B. I personally handled the tour booking, tour contracts with the bands and management companies and our company financials. Around 1984, we started working with Florida Coach, who built custom coaches for us, and later we worked with Night Train Coach of Nashville, Tennessee, as well as many other custom coach companies, over the years. We stopped operating in 2014, as I was preparing for retirement. 

Prince 1980s Tour Document Collection Incl. 1985 Grammy Awards Invitation, Controversy Tour Shirts (2), Purple Rain Tour Shirts (2) “1999” Backstage Passes (10) and Other Ephemera
Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $200
Final prices include buyers premium: $1,150
Estimate: $400 - $600
Number Bids: 16
Auction closed on Thursday, May 27, 2021.
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