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A look inside the ‘Purple Rain’ house in Minneapolis

The 'Purple Rain' house in Minneapolis, 2016 (Jay Gabler/MPR)

Less than a year before his death, Prince bought the house that appeared in exterior shots in his iconic film Purple Rain. The Minneapolis house was placed on the market in 2015 for an asking price of $110,000, with the seller cautioning that the house was in need of very significant repairs.

The purchase happened quickly, but in the brief time the property was available, Minneapolis resident Nancy Swanson toured the house and took several photos. She’s shared the photos, below, which reflect the house’s condition circa last summer. (As Jay Boller points out, you can spot the new boiler described in the real estate listing.)

It’s hard to resist trying to spot the location where the Kid might have made out with Apollonia, or where he cried over his father’s piano music, but you won’t find an exact match: the house was only used for exterior shots.

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