• Notorious B.I.G.'s iconic $6 crown sells for nearly $600,000

    11 days ago - By Dazed Digital

    The plastic crown worn by Notorious B.I.G. in the final photoshoot before his death in 1997 has been sold for $594,750 at Sotheby's first ever auction dedicated to hip-hop memorabilia.
    The six-figure sum - which smashed estimates of $200,000 to $300,000 - comes despite the novelty crown, which belonged to the Brooklyn-based photographer Barron Claiborne, originally costing just $6. Still, Claiborne
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  • Notorious BIG's $6 crown sells for almost $600,000 at auction

    Notorious BIG's $6 crown sells for almost $600,000 at auction

    11 days ago - By The Guardian

    Sotheby's hip-hop auction also raises $126,000 for a 12-inch copy of Rammellzee track Beat Bop, with artwork by Jean-Michel Basquiat A plastic crown costing $6 worn by the Notorious BIG has sold for $594,750 at Sotheby's first ever auction of hip-hop memorabilia. The crown was used by photographer Barron Claiborne in portraits made three days before the rapper's murder in a drive-by shooting, and is signed by the Notorious BIG. It features “one point broken off, some general light wear and abrasions”, according to the listing. The sale price was double the $200,000-300,000 estimate.
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