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Crown From The Notorious B.I.G. 1997 “King Of New York” Photo Shoot Sells For $600,000 at Sotheby’s Hip-Hop Auction in NYC

By Yuriy Andriyashchuk
Hip-HopVibe.com Staff Writer

On Tuesday night, the first exclusive hip-hop auction took place by Sotheby’s in New York City. Some of the notable memorabilia were 22 of 2Pac’s high school love letters and The Notorious B.I.G.’s king crown from his 1997 “King Of New York” photo shoot for Rap Pages Magazine. The crown ended up selling for a whopping amount at the end of the nigh in celebration of the NY legend and one of the best rappers of all-time.

Sotheby’s revealed that this crown was sold at the auction for $600,000. Barron Claiborne is the photographer behind this legendary shoot from 1997. In total, $2 million was accumulated at this auction in NYC. This event is labeled as “a celebration of the history and cultural impact Hip Hop has had on art and culture from the late 1970s through the “Golden Age” of the mid-1980s to mid-1990s, and up to the present.

Proceeds from the SoTheby’s auction are going to the Hip Hop programs at the Queens Public Libary, along with Building Beats, which is a non-profit community organization that teaches tech, entrepreneurial and leadership skills to underserved youth through DJ and music programs.

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All hail the King of New York! Tonight during our inaugural Hip Hop auction, one of the most iconic symbols of Hip Hop’s heyday: the crown 👑 worn and signed by Notorious B.I.G. from @barronclaiborne’s iconic 1997 ‘King of New York’ photoshoot for Rap Pages Magazine sold for $600,000. The photograph is one of the most recognizable images in Hip Hop culture and it has endured as the defining portrait of the artist more than 20 years since it was taken. Achieving an overall total of $2 million, the auction was a celebration of the history and cultural impact Hip Hop has had on art and culture from the late 1970s through the “Golden Age” of the mid-1980s to mid-1990s, and up to the present. A majority of items included in the sale were consigned directly from Hip Hop’s most pivotal and well-known artists and figures, several of who will be sharing their proceeds with a variety of charities. A portion of Sotheby’s own proceeds from the sale will benefit the Hip Hop programs at the @qplnyc, as well as @buildingbeats, a non-profit community organization that teaches tech, entrepreneurial and leadership skills to underserved youth through DJ and music programs. #hiphop #hiphopmusic #notoriousbig #biggiesmalls #barronclaiborne #HipHopxSothebys #QPLHipHop

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