Prince tapes moved to California ... two heirs angry

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October 13, 2017
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP):

Two sisters and heirs of the late rock superstar Prince said they're angered that the contents of his vault, including master tapes of unreleased music, have been removed from his Paisley Park studio complex and shipped to California.

Sharon and Norrine Nelson, Prince's half-sisters, told The Associated Press they are prepared to take legal action to bring the music back to Minnesota.

The company running the estate, Comerica Bank & Trust, said the recordings are safe at a reputable storage company in Los Angeles.

"We want the music back home in Paisley Park where it belongs," Sharon Nelson said.

The recordings are regarded as among the most valuable pieces of an estate that court papers have suggested is worth around $200 million.

Nelson said she was told on September 29 by a "Paisley Park representative," whom she wouldn't identify, that around four trucks pulled up to the studio-turned-museum in the Minneapolis suburb of Chanhassen in early September and removed the contents of the vault.

"It's just as though Prince passed away again," she said. "That's how I felt. I was really devastated by that."

Norrine Nelson said the music had been safe in Minnesota for more than 40 years and would be again if it's returned.

The sisters said Comerica, the personal representative or executor of Prince's estate, hasn't told them exactly where the music was taken or why.

They said they believe Comerica was obligated to notify them and give them a say under orders earlier this year by Carver County District Judge Kevin Eide, who is overseeing the estate case.

Comerica defended its decision in a statement.

"In an effort to ensure the preservation of Prince's audio and visual content, Comerica selected the premier entertainment storage and archive company, Iron Mountain Entertainment Services," the statement said. "On four separate occasions, Comerica discussed the process with the heirs and any suggestion otherwise is not accurate."

Prince left no will when he died in April 2016 of an accidental overdose of painkillers.