Prince’s Ashes Are Kept in a Custom Paisley Park Urn

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Prince built Paisley Park to be his personal recording studio, but he loved it so much that he made it his home.

So it’s perhaps fitting that his ashes now rest within the facility, in an urn designed to look exactly like it. The urn is located in the main entrance to Paisley Park, where it can be seen by visitors. It features a replica of the building’s Grand Atrium, complete with a miniature replica of Prince’s purple Yamaha piano. His ashes are sealed within the urn’s front column, which is emblazoned with the purple “Love Symbol” that Prince briefly used as his name.

Located in Canhassen, Minnesota, Paisley Park reopened this month as public museum to Prince, a move that was in keeping with his desire to establish the building as a public venue, much like Graceland, Elvis Presley’s mansion in Memphis, Tennessee. Graceland Holdings, which manages Graceland, is leading tours of Paisley Park.

Prince died suddenly April 21, 2016, from an accidental overdose of fentanyl. He was 57.

The videos below offers a closer look at the urn.

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Christopher Scapelliti is editor-in-chief of Guitar Player (opens in new tab) magazine, the world’s longest-running guitar magazine, founded in 1967. In his extensive career, he has authored in-depth interviews with such guitarists as Pete Townshend, Slash, Billy Corgan, Jack White, Elvis Costello and Todd Rundgren, and audio professionals including Beatles engineers Geoff Emerick and Ken Scott. He is the co-author of Guitar Aficionado: The Collections: The Most Famous, Rare, and Valuable Guitars in the World (opens in new tab), a founding editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine, and a former editor with Guitar WorldGuitar for the Practicing Musician and Maximum Guitar. Apart from guitars, he maintains a collection of more than 30 vintage analog synthesizers.