Thursday, September 17, 2020

Notorious B.I.G Crown And Tupac’s Love Letters Sold At Auction

Tupac Shakur’s teenage love letters and the Notorious B.I.G.’s “King of New York” crown are two of the top lots up that have been sold at the first Sotheby’s auction dedicated fully to hip-hop in New York.

The plastic crown was worn by the rapper in the iconic “King of New York” picture, three days before his death, and was expected to go for about $300,000 (£225,900).

However, it fetched more as it was sold at $594,670 (£461,243) in Sotheby’s first-ever auction dedicated to hip-hop items.

The crown was signed by photographer Barron Claiborne and Biggie, who was shot dead on 9 March 1997.

Tupac was killed in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas in September 1996, aged 25.

A portion of the money from the auction will be donated to charities for community projects in New York.

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