The Notorious B.I.G’s iconic plastic crown sells for almost £500,000 at Sotheby’s auction

The crown worn by the Notorious B.I.G. in his last recorded photoshoot has sold for almost half a million pounds.

The plastic crown was worn by the rapper in the iconic “King of New York” picture – three days before his death – was expected to go for about $300,000 (£225,900). It fetched $594,670 (£461,243) in Sotheby’s first-ever auction dedicated to hip-hop items.

The auction also included love letters written by Tupac Shakur at 16.

Described as “incredibly sweet and at times steamy” by the auction house, a total of 22 handwritten letters sold for $75,600 (£58,629).

Sotheby’s senior specialist Cassandra Hatton told Reuters the crown “is one of the most recognizable symbols of hip-hop”.

The Tupac letters were sent to Kathy Loy during a two-month relationship at the Baltimore School for the Arts in the 1980s.

Tupac was killed in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas in September 1996, aged 25.

A portion of the money from the auction will be donated to charities for community projects in New York.

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