In their lifetimes, musicians are surrounded by people trying to profit from their success by virtue of sheer proximity.
Managers, security guards, old school pals, estranged relatives; they all stand to make a buck or million from the achievements of their famous friends. And while the celeb may pass away, the cash cow lives on.
In the immediate aftermath of Prince’s death, for example, the value of memorabilia related to the artist shot up. Signed photos, guitar pics and gig posters are all now flooding online auction sites, and making a mint.
Not in possession of the stuff? Don’t let that get in the way of turning a tidy profit.
You can always make like entrepreneurial eBayer dancingdave04, who has put up for auction a mason jar containing about 100ml of rainwater “from the day Prince left us”. Yes, for a starting price of only $100 you could have your very own Purple Rain.
The item description claims the water was collected outside Prince’s Paisley Park studio in Minnesota where the singer died last week.
And while the weather backs this up – it did indeed rain in Paisley Park on that fateful day – no further proof is provided of the rainwater’s provenance.
You’ve still got time to grab yourself a bargain/scam before the auction ends on Friday morning. An ideal Christmas/birthday/wedding present for any dehydrated Prince fan!
Needless to say, the item is yet to receive a single bid.