The Notorious B.I.G.’s Crown Is Going to Auction, Expected to Sel

Another hip-hop artifact is expected to be put up for auction in the coming weeks.

On Monday (Aug. 25), news began to circulate that The Notorious B.I.G.‘s crown from a famous photoshoot in the 90s would be made available for purchase, but not at a low price, it’s estimated to go for $200,000 to $300,000 at an auction held on Sept. 15.

Alongside Biggie’s headpiece, countless other hip-hop related items, including handwritten letters by Tupac Shakur, will also appear in the sale according to The Washington Post. However, the object projected to sell at the highest price is the crown worn by the rapper during a photoshoot held three days before he was killed in Los Angeles.

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, reservations to view the items in person are required at Sotheby’s, the world’s largest brokers of fine and decorative art, jewelry, real estate, and collectibles in New York City,  but the exhibition will also be open to the public via a digital gallery.

Cassandra Hatton, Sotheby’s senior specialist, who oversees the sale, noted the crown’s historical meaning to the culture.

“I’ve seen the crown. Everybody’s seen the crown. It’s so famous. It’s so iconic. When I was first thinking of doing this sale, I thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be great to track that crown down?'” Hatton told The Washington Post. “I’ve sold all sorts of wild things. But this is a little different.”

This is not the first time we’ve seen a rapper’s belongings go up for sale, in early April, the Rock & Roll Pop Culture Auction made the red and blue bandanas worn by Tupac available for purchase.

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