Sotheby’s New York Hip Hop sale Tuesday achieved $2 million, surpassing its high estimate, with 91% of the 120 lots sold. Johnny Nelson, Ladies First Mount Rushmore Reimagined Ring. “So we were happy to share their names and share the sources of where all this material came from because… it came directly from the artist.”. The world's defining voice in music and pop culture since 1952.

“People were saying he shouldn’t go to California because of all the tension,” said the photographer, adding that Biggie died from gunshot wounds in LA on March 9, 1997 — three days after the session. His music was often semi-autobiographical, telling o…

He worked with Tito the Jeweler, aka “Manny,” believed to be the first Hip Hop jeweler, to create this piece, which the auction house says is “one of the most famous and unique pieces of Hip Hop Jewelry.” Its estimate is $20,000 - $30,000. (King of New York)” portrait session, the rapper’s last recorded photo shoot before he was killed in Los Angeles three days later. “I’m not sure that I even got paid for it,” he said. Its estimate was $22,000 - $24,000. It sold for $113,400.

The art installation features 32 rare and vintage boomboxes from the early 1980s through the early 1990s displayed on a custom-built shelf and wired together to function as a singular sound system. Another highlight was “The Wall of Boom” by DJ Ross One, sold for $113,400, besting its $100,000 high estimate. Biggie Smalls iconic crown with the inscription “Crown from Biggie KONY Shot NYC 3-6-97.” It ... [+] fetched $594,750. The bejeweled plastic crown worn by Biggie Smalls in the legendary “K.O.N.Y.” (King of New York) photo shoot sold for $600,000 (soaring above its low estimate of $200,000) Tuesday night at Sotheby’s, in the auction house’s first-ever dedicated hip-hop sale.

The brass handbag with silver toned metal hardware is covered by more than 9,000 hand-set crystals with a silver metallic leather lined interior. © 2020 EHM PRODUCTIONS,INC. “I was mostly shooting celebrities and reportage. Among the bejeweled items that stood out was a Fab 5 Freddy’s legendary gold and diamond “MTV” ring, 1988, paved with 20 round diamonds.

“Since its birth in the Bronx in the 1970s, Hip Hop has become a global cultural force, whose massive influence continues to shape all realms of culture: music, fashion, design, art, film, social attitudes, language, and more,” she said. Pretty badass, right?!? It sold for $8,190, within estimates.

Judith Leiber Couture "Disco Boombox" handbag that sold for $7,560.

It sold for nearly $600,000 — double what was anticipated. Fab 5 Freddy gold and diamond 'MTV' ring that sold for $35,280. The sale will include artifacts, contemporary art, one of a kind experiences, photography, vintage and modern fashion, historic and newly designed jewelry and luxury items, rare ephemera including flyers and posters, and important publications. We've received your submission. It belonged to the late Christopher Wallace, best known as Biggie, Biggie Smalls and Notorious B.I.G. Do the math ... and that's just about a 10,000,000% markup in value.

You may opt-out by. This included two handbags by Judith Leiber Couture that depict late 20th century iconic symbols of popular culture.

The crown worn by Christopher “Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace in his last photo shoot before he died sold at a Sotheby’s auction for $475,000 — despite its original $6 price tag.

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