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The Notorious B.I.G.’s iconic crown sells for almost $600,000 at hip-hop auction

wptangerine | September 17, 2020

The Notorious B.I.G’s iconic plastic crown was sold for almost $600,000 at a hip-hop memorabilia auction in New York yesterday (September 15th).

The crown (pictured above), which was worn and signed by Biggie in a 1997 photoshoot just three days before he was shot and killed in Los Angeles, was one of a number of items to be sold in the auction at  Sotheby’s in New York.

Sotheby’s anticipated that the crown would sell for between $200,000 and $300,000, but its final bidding price of $594,750 exceeded the auction house’s expectations. The New York Post reports that the plastic crown’s original retail price was just $6.

“This crown is a novelty item; I bought it at a place on Broadway called Gordon’s,” Barron Claiborne, the photographer who took the pictures of Biggie in 1997, told the publication. “Without Biggie, the crown would not be worth [six figures]. I only paid six bucks for it.”

Other items on sale in the auction included 22 letters written by Tupac Shakur to his high school sweetheart and Salt-N-Pepa’s jackets from the ‘Push It’ music video. 

The hip-hop memorabilia auction, which was initially revealed last month, was the first such public sale to be hosted by Sotheby’s. You can find more information about the auction here.


The crown was worn and signed by Biggie shortly before he was killed.

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