Photos: ‘Prince’ exhibit displays musician’s possessions for the first time

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A costume from Prince’s ‘Purple Rain’ era is seen on display at the ‘My Name Is Prince’ exhibition in London. An exhibition showcasing the life of pop legend Prince opened on Saturday, unveiling previously unseen treasures from his legendary Paisley Park studio complex. (Peter Nicholls / REUTERS)

A costume from Prince’s ‘Purple Rain’ era is seen on display at the ‘My Name Is Prince’ exhibition in London. An exhibition showcasing the life of pop legend Prince opened on Saturday, unveiling previously unseen treasures from his legendary Paisley Park studio complex. (Peter Nicholls / REUTERS)

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A curator holds the ‘Orange Cloud’ guitar, used by Prince which is on display at the ‘My Name Is Prince’ exhibition at the O2, London. Born Prince Rogers Nelson, the petite pop sensation has been credited with transforming the music landscape and challenging industry conventions whilst dazzling crowds with his mastery of the guitar by integrating a variety of styles, including funk, rock, R&B, psychedelia and pop. (Peter Nicholls / REUTERS)

A curator holds the ‘Orange Cloud’ guitar, used by Prince which is on display at the ‘My Name Is Prince’ exhibition at the O2, London. Born Prince Rogers Nelson, the petite pop sensation has been credited with transforming the music landscape and challenging industry conventions whilst dazzling crowds with his mastery of the guitar by integrating a variety of styles, including funk, rock, R&B, psychedelia and pop. (Peter Nicholls / REUTERS)

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Curator Sarah Bitler adjusts a costume on display at the ‘My Name is Prince’ exhibition in London. Memorabilia on display include a diamond -studded cane and a diamond vest, while the show also includes awards, instruments and handwritten song lyrics. (Peter Nicholls / REUTERS)

Curator Sarah Bitler adjusts a costume on display at the ‘My Name is Prince’ exhibition in London. Memorabilia on display include a diamond -studded cane and a diamond vest, while the show also includes awards, instruments and handwritten song lyrics. (Peter Nicholls / REUTERS)

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An assistant displays American singer-songwriter Prince’s original ‘Purple Rain’ record and his handwritten prescript of Purple Rain during a press preview of the exhibition at the O2 Arena in London. A large area has been dedicated to the album ‘Purple Rain’ and the film of the same name, notably featuring the purple trench coat Prince wore throughout the movie. (Tolga Akmen / AFP)

An assistant displays American singer-songwriter Prince’s original ‘Purple Rain’ record and his handwritten prescript of Purple Rain during a press preview of the exhibition at the O2 Arena in London. A large area has been dedicated to the album ‘Purple Rain’ and the film of the same name, notably featuring the purple trench coat Prince wore throughout the movie. (Tolga Akmen / AFP)

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Crystals sit in an engraved walking cane with the famous ‘love symbol’ used by Prince, on display at the exhibition. In 1993, following a lawsuit with Warner Bros., Prince had changed his name to an unpronounceable symbol to emancipate himself from his contract. (Peter Nicholls / REUTERS)

Crystals sit in an engraved walking cane with the famous ‘love symbol’ used by Prince, on display at the exhibition. In 1993, following a lawsuit with Warner Bros., Prince had changed his name to an unpronounceable symbol to emancipate himself from his contract. (Peter Nicholls / REUTERS)

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A glass case holds items owned by Prince at the ‘My Name Is Prince’ exhibition in London, Britain. London was one of Prince’s favourite destinations and it was here at the O2 Arena that Prince performed 21 consecutive sell-out shows in 2007. (REUTERS / Peter Nicholls)

A glass case holds items owned by Prince at the ‘My Name Is Prince’ exhibition in London, Britain. London was one of Prince’s favourite destinations and it was here at the O2 Arena that Prince performed 21 consecutive sell-out shows in 2007. (REUTERS / Peter Nicholls)

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Curator Sarah Bitler adjusts a costume during the world premiere of the exhibition at the O2, London. The exhibition features the guitar used in his 1980 US national television debut and charts Prince’s rise to stardom with clothing worn on his ‘Purple Rain’ and ‘LoveSexy’ tours in the same decade. (Peter Nicholls / REUTERS)

Curator Sarah Bitler adjusts a costume during the world premiere of the exhibition at the O2, London. The exhibition features the guitar used in his 1980 US national television debut and charts Prince’s rise to stardom with clothing worn on his ‘Purple Rain’ and ‘LoveSexy’ tours in the same decade. (Peter Nicholls / REUTERS)

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A Brit award for best artist won by Prince in 1995 is held by a curator at the ‘My Name Is Prince’ exhibition in London, Britain. (Peter Nicholls / REUTERS)

A Brit award for best artist won by Prince in 1995 is held by a curator at the ‘My Name Is Prince’ exhibition in London, Britain. (Peter Nicholls / REUTERS)

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An employee looks at costumes once worn by the performer and pop icon Prince at the exhibition. For visitors, it is a unique insight into the life, creativity and vision of one of the most naturally gifted recording artists whose sudden death last year shook the world. (Frank Augstein / AP Photo)

An employee looks at costumes once worn by the performer and pop icon Prince at the exhibition. For visitors, it is a unique insight into the life, creativity and vision of one of the most naturally gifted recording artists whose sudden death last year shook the world. (Frank Augstein / AP Photo)

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Tyka Nelson, Prince’s sister, poses for pictures by a display at the ‘My Name Is Prince’ exhibition in London. Tyka called the show a ‘miniature Paisley Park,’ in reference to the Minnesota estate where Prince lived and worked. (Peter Nicholls / REUTERS)

Tyka Nelson, Prince’s sister, poses for pictures by a display at the ‘My Name Is Prince’ exhibition in London. Tyka called the show a ‘miniature Paisley Park,’ in reference to the Minnesota estate where Prince lived and worked. (Peter Nicholls / REUTERS)

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