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Paisley Park Tours Where Prince Died Will Have an Elvis Touch

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Prince's Paisley Park compound in Chanhassen, Minnesota. (Jim Gehrz/Star Tribune via AP, File)

Thursday, 25 Aug 2016 11:51 AM

Paisley Park tours of the private estate and studio complex of late rock superstar Prince will begin in October and will be run by the company that manages Elvis Presley's Graceland. The deal sounds like a real money maker.

The daily 70-minute tours, starting 10 minutes apart, will cost $38.50 online and have 25-30 people in each group. VIP tour tickets start at $100. No walk-up sales will be allowed.

The Graceland managers expect 1,500 to 2,000 guests on peak days.

Bremer Trust, which oversees Prince's estate, said millions of Prince fans will get the chance to tour the 65,000-square-foot complex in the Minneapolis suburb of Chanhassen, where Prince collapsed in an elevator and died of a painkiller overdose, reported The Associated Press.

"Opening Paisley Park is something that Prince always wanted to do and was actively working on," said Prince's sister, Tyka Nelson. "Only a few hundred people have had the rare opportunity to tour the estate during his lifetime. Now, fans from around the world will be able to experience Prince's world for the first time as we open the doors to this incredible place."

The tours will be run by Graceland Holdings, which has overseen Graceland in Memphis since 1982, according to the museum's business plan. Graceland, where Presley died in 1977, has welcomed more than 20 million visitors since opening to the public, averaging over 600,000 annually in recent years. Graceland is providing the initial funds for capital improvements and operating costs.

Besides being the music star's home, Paisley Park has been "the center of Prince's creative endeavors" since its opening in 1985, Nelson said.

The plan says the tours will include studios where Prince recorded, produced and mixed most of his biggest hits, and the sound stage where he rehearsed for tours and hosted exclusive private concerts. Also featured will be thousands of artifacts from his personal archives, "including iconic concert wardrobe, awards, musical instruments, artwork, rare music and video recordings, concert memorabilia, automobiles and motorcycles."

The plan requires rezoning approval from the city, which posted documents about the plan on its website. The planning commission hearing is scheduled for Sept. 20 and the City Council will consider it Oct 3.

"Chanhassen will be pleased to demonstrate to the thousands of visitors to Paisley Park the same hospitality and respect that Prince enjoyed during his time in Chanhassen," said Mayor Denny Laufenburger.

Prince, 57, left no known will. The judge overseeing the case has not ruled on who his heirs will be. But court filings indicate they'll likely include Tyka Nelson and five half siblings because Prince was divorced, his parents are dead and he had no confirmed children.

The court has not ruled on whether a woman and girl who say they're Prince's niece and grandniece are entitled to share in the estate, which Bremer Trust has said could be worth up to $300 million.

Bremer Trust said the family supports the museum plan.

A criminal investigation of Prince's death is continuing.

Some of the pills taken from Paisley Park after his death were counterfeit drugs that actually contained fentanyl – a synthetic opioid 50 times more powerful than heroin, an official close to the investigation told the AP on Sunday.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing investigation, said records show Prince had no prescription for any controlled substances in the state of Minnesota in the 12 months before he died. Authorities are still investigating how Prince obtained the drugs.

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