The crown worn by Notorious B.I.G. when photographed by Barron Claiborne as the King of New York is displayed during a preview at Sotheby's for their Inaugural HIP HOP Auction on September 12, 2020 in New York City. A celebration of the history and cultural impact of Hip Hop, the sale reflects on the impact the movement 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.
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The Notorious B.I.G.’s Famous $6 Plastic Crown Sold For Nearly $600,000 


Someone purchased The Notorious B.I.G’s crown from a 1997 “King Of New York” photoshoot. It was sold at an auction for $594,750. The plastic crown was originally bought for $6. 

Brooklyn based photographer Barron Claiborne put the crown up for sale. He’s the photographer that shot the KONY photo for Rap Pages magazine. Claiborne said without Biggie, the crown would be worthless. 

“This crown is a novelty item; I bought it at a place on Broadway called Gordon’s. Without Biggie, the crown would not be worth [six figures]. I only paid six bucks for it.”

The crown was originally going to be sold for $200,000. Claiborne went on to tell the news that he always thought Biggie was a king. 

Hip Hop-n-More reports some of the proceeds will be donated to charities including New York’s Queens Public Library Foundation, which coordinates hip hop community programs. 


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