Rapper Tupac Shakur fans will have a chance to buy his photos, jewelry and hand-written song lyrics when the biggest-ever auction of his possessions goes live online tomorrow.
Photos show Tupac hanging out with friends, posing in prison and walking around the streets of New York City before he was shot dead in Las Vegas in 1996.
Also on sale are the handwritten lyrics to songs including ‘F*** Friendz’ which are estimated to sell for $35,000.
His handwritten love letters to a woman named Simi Chouhan from prison could fetch $4,000 each.
The only copy of an unreleased demo from 1990 featuring five songs is estimated to fetch $15,000 and a silver and diamond gun charm that he wore on a necklace is tipped to sell for $7,000.
The items sold on Gotta Have Rock and Roll are set to fetch a total of around $320,000.
Ed Kosinski, co-owner of Gotta Have Rock and Roll, said:
‘I’m pretty excited for many reasons, it’s the biggest and most important collection of Tupac material ever to come up for auction.
‘We have handwritten letters and lyrics, unreleased recordings no one has ever heard, to jewellery, his death certificate and more, we have a tremendous amount of Tupac material.
‘We also have Tupac’s only nude photograph with copyright too, then many other incredible items.
‘We have contracts that Tupac had to sign in prison to personal letters sent to a girlfriend while he was in prison.
‘We have one of his gun charms and a photograph of him wearing the charm as a necklace.
‘I found this particularly interesting and if I was a collector I would love to own it.
‘No one has ever seen anything like this ever before and these are very important items like handwritten lyrics, letters, poetry, bandanas and more.
Gotta Have Rock and Roll is an online auction site devoted to pop art and rock and roll, launched in 2008.
They spent over a year amassing the wide variety of lots for this auction running online from Nov 22 to Dec 1st.
‘There is so much amazing stuff here that has never been seen before and never been released, including a nude photograph.
‘The auction was a year in the making and the material came from a wide array of sources.
‘With Tupac and other artists the lots come from people very close to him, family and friends – like usual, it’s from people very close to the artist.’
The auction is being held online from tomorrow until December 1st.
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