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Prince unseen: Rare portraits of the late star revealed for the VERY first time

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He was one of the most photographed performers of his generation.

Yet, despite being immortalised on film more than most, a brand new collection of rare portraits promise to show singer/songwriter Prince in a way that fans have never seen before.

The private collection of images, curated and released by the late musician's former art director, Steve Parke, form part of a new book called Picturing Prince, which is billed as 'an intimate portrait' of the 1999 star.

Although most of the images vary in form, most of them depict the Diamonds and Pearls hot-maker during his time working at Paisley Park, where he had his own recording studios and hosted the likes of Madonna and Kylie Minogue.

 

 
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According to a synopsis of the book by publishers Octopus, more than "half of the images in the book are exclusively published for the first time; most other images in the book are rare to the public eye."

They are given context by fifty written vignettes by Parke, who uses them to reveal unknown facts about the figure.

One image shows Prince - full name Prince Rogers Nelson - shooting hoops on a basketball court, while another sees him renting out a cinema at 4am.

A third, black and white image sees him looking contemplative as he sits on the ground, appearing to meditate in the grounds of the Minnesota estate, which was supposedly worth £30 million.

The newly-released images, which will surely comfort fans, comes a year after the 5ft 2 inch performer died of a drug overdose.

The 57-year-old singer - who was cremated days after his death on April 21 2016 - passed away after an opioid overdose, a law-enforcement official told press.

Five days before his death Prince's private jet was forced to make an emergency landing as he suffered an overdose while at 37,000ft.

He had been due to meet with an addiction specialist, Howard Kornfeld, on April 22 but the doctor was unable to see him immediately and sent his son to check on the musician instead. It was Andrew Kornfeld who made the emergency 911 call when Prince was found lifeless.

Since his death a bitter legal fight has erupted between the singer’s family who all believe they are entitled to a share of his £150million fortune.

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