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Notorious B.I.G.'s plastic crown sells at auction for almost $600K

September 15, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

A crown adorned with plastic jewels, famously worn by Notorious B.I.G. during his last ever photo shoot, sold for $594,750 at a hip hop-inspired auction in New York on Tuesday evening.

The crown was among a sizable collection of hip hop memorabilia auctioned off by Sotheby's in an sale dedicated to the genre's "history and cultural impact. "

The crown once worn by Notorious B. I. G. was put up for sale by photographer Barron Claiborne, who had kept the item since styling the rapper as the "King of New York" in a photo shoot for Rap Pages magazine.

"With the tragic events that unfolded just days after the photoshoot, this image of a crowned Notorious B. I. G. became much more than a portrait -- the image transformed Biggie Smalls into an aristocratic or saint like figure, forever immortalized as not only the King of New York, but a king of hip hop music and one of the greatest artists of all time," the photographer said.

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