Biggies $6 plastic crown was sold for $594,750 during Sotheby’s very first hip-hop memorabilia auction, on September 15. Other items among the auctioned pieces were Slich Rick's diamond eyepatch, Tupac's high school love letters, Basquiat’s Rammellzee 12" single, and the Notorious B.I.G.’s plastic crown.
The crown was worn by Notorious B.I.G. during his last photoshoot before he was fatally shot in 1997. The crown’s original purchaser said he didn’t buy the royal-rig for its gold content and embedded jewels.
“This crown is a novelty item; I bought it at a place on Broadway called Gordon’s”
Barron Claiborne, a 52-year-old photographer who lives in Brooklyn, told The Post. Claiborne owned the crown and used it in the stunning Rap Pages magazine cover-photo he took of Biggie in 1997. He told;
“Without Biggie, the crown would not be worth [six figures]. I only paid six bucks for it.”
“That shows you how strong the symbol really is. I always thought Biggie was a king.”
Other items up for auction at tonight’s event were Salt-N-Pepa’s jackets from the “Push It” music video, Questlove’s drum kit, a private writing and studio session with Rakim, Prince Paul’s Casio RZ-1 and drum machine, prototypes of Drake Air Jordans, a 1987 concert poster for Beastie Boys’ Licensed to Ill, and more.