Infamous B.I.G.’s ‘King of New York’ Crown Sells for Almost $600,000

A plastic prop worn by the Infamous B.I.G. has bought for practically half one million {dollars}.

On Tuesday, Sotheby’s performed its first-ever public sale devoted to coveted hip-hop gadgets. Probably the most anticipated lot of the night time was the crown Biggie wore within the 1997 “King of New York” {photograph} shot by Barron Claiborne. The piece was predicted to fetch round $300,000, however in the end bought for $594,750. The portrait session was performed for Rap Pages journal simply a number of days previous to Biggie’s homicide.

The merchandise was signed by each Biggie and Claiborne and is inscribed with the picture shoot date.

“Most likely the highest lot is the crown,” Sotheby’s senior specialist Cassandra Hatton advised Reuters final week. “I feel that crown is among the most recognizable symbols of hip hop, twentieth century tradition. Everyone all over the world acknowledges this crown. You see it on T-shirts. You see it on espresso cups and prayer candles. It’s enormous.”

Different gadgets bought on the public sale included a Supreme x Louis Vuitton hoodie, which went for $4,800; a pair of Salt-N-Pepa “Push It” jackets that bought for $19,000; Slick Rick’s diamond eye patch ($20,000); Fab 5 Freddy’s gold and diamond MTV ring ($28,000); an entire run of Supply journal ($26,000); and 22 unpublished letters from 2Pac to his highschool sweetheart ($60,000).

You’ll be able to watch the remainder of the public sale right here.

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