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Prince's Paisley Park Opens To Public

Fans have arrived in Minnesota for the first public tours of Prince's Paisley Park compound, less than six months after the music superstar died there.

Visitors from as far away as Japan and Sweden were among the first to see the purple-lit studio complex outside Minneapolis, now a museum to Prince's life and legacy, according to news reports.

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"This is Da Vinci's workshop," said Joel Weinshaker, whose Graceland Holdings, the company behind Elvis Presley's Graceland, was enlisted by Prince's heirs to manage Paisley Park.

The tour includes Prince's rehearsal rooms, private NPG music club and recording studio, where handwritten notes by the music icon have been left, reportedly untouched, on a music stand.

Costumes, instruments, the motorcycle Prince rode in his hit 1984 movie "Purple Rain" - and the Oscar he won for it - are all on display, along with snippets of unreleased music.

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"Prince saved everything," archivist Angie Marchese told NBC television.

Prince's private residence, where he was found dead in an elevator April 21 after what was ruled an accidental overdose of prescription painkillers, is not part of the tour.

AAP

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