Notorious B.I.G.’s $6 Plastic Crown Sells For $594,750 At Auction
The plastic crown worn by Christopher “Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace in his last photoshoot has sold at auction for $549,750.
It's price before the photoshoot was a whopping $6. The original buyer of the crown, said he wasn't after gold or jewels for the crown, but something cheap to use for photoshoots.
“This crown is a novelty item; I bought it at a place on Broadway called Gordon’s,” said Barron Claiborne, the now 57-year-old photographer. “Without Biggie, the crown would not be worth six figures. I only paid six bucks for it.”
Claiborne's crown, along with a pair of prints from the session and a photo contact sheet, opened up with a starting bid of $200,000, with an estimated value to be between $200,000-$300,000.
“Some people have told me that it’s too low,” Claiborne said. “That shows you how strong the symbol really is. I always thought Biggie was a king.”
The crown's sale is a big improvement in pay compared to what he made for the photo session.
“I’m not sure that I even got paid for it,” he said. “I was mostly shooting celebrities and reportage. I did this because I liked taking pictures of Biggie. The time before, I photographed him in a white suit — instead of the tracksuit that most rappers were wearing back in 1997.”
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