Hip-hop enthusiasts and collectors now have a rare opportunity to own a piece of history, as the arraignment fingerprints of rap legends Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G. [Biggie] have been made available for purchase.
Tupac and Biggie, whose real name was Christopher Wallace, were iconic figures in the East Coast-West Coast hip-hop rivalry. Their music, characterized by powerful lyrics and socially conscious themes, resonated with millions worldwide and cemented their status as legends.
Tupac And Biggie’s Arraignment Fingerprints Bags Hefty Price Tags
In a groundbreaking auction, Momentsintime.com, a prominent autograph dealer, unleashed a wave of hip-hop nostalgia by listing rare music memorabilia from rap legends Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G.
These unique pieces featuring arrest fingerprint documents, not only offered a glimpse into the legal journeys of these iconic artists but came with a hefty price tag – a cool $225,000 per item.
First up was Tupac’s fingerprint, traced back to his 1995 arrest, revealing a chapter from his tumultuous life. Under his real name, Lesane Parish Crooks, the document captured the aftermath of a legal battle that saw him serve nine months of a 1.5-year sentence for a conviction related to the sexual assault of a fan named Ayanna Jackson.
At the same time, TMZ reported that his former friend and musical counterpart, Biggie’s arrest fingerprint documents carved their own space in history.
Showcasing the “Big Poppa” rapper under his birth name, Christopher Wallace, these documents connected to a period when he reportedly faced charges of robbery and aggravated assault in Pennsylvania. However, the robbery charges were eventually dismissed.
Tupac’s Legacy Extended To Record-Breaking Memorabilia Sale
Tupac has been making waves in the music industry with the sale of another of his possessions. The Blast reported in July that his custom crown-shaped ring, a poignant artifact from one of his final moments before his tragic passing, fetched a staggering $1.02 million at a Sotheby’s auction in New York.
Crafted to commemorate his agreement with Death Row Records and release on bail, the crown ring held historical and sentimental value. Adorned with diamonds and rubies, the 14-karat gold masterpiece featured the inscription “Pac & Dada 1996,” a touching tribute to his engagement to actress Kidada Jones.
Tupac’s godmother, Yaasmyn Fula, revealed that the ring was designed by the “Poetic Justice” rapper, drawing inspiration from the crowns of medieval European kings.
According to the press release, “Reflecting his recent affinity for Niccolo Machiavelli’s political manifesto ‘The Prince’ (Tupac would start going by “Makaveli” after reading The Prince while incarcerated), Tupac modeled his design after the crowns of the medieval kings of Europe in ‘an act of self-coronation,’ according to Fula, a celebration of survival through a tumultuous year in an oft tumultuous life.”
This remarkable sale, which set a new record for the highest value ever achieved by a hip-hop artifact at auction, was part of a special commemoration marking the 50th anniversary of the hip-hop genre.
Additionally, the auction featured a treasure trove of memorabilia, including autographed letters and a demo tape of Tupac’s single “Trapped.” There were also hip-hop treasures from other influential names in the industry, like De La Soul, Mos Def, and Wu-Tang Clan.
Tupac’s Vehicle Also Hit The Auction Block
In the wake of the late “All Eyez on Me” rapper’s record-breaking auction triumph, another piece of his history emerged for sale — a vehicle linked to one of the most infamous incidents in hip-hop history.
It was reported that the BMW 7 series involved in the “Nothing but Trouble” star’s tragic shooting had surfaced on the market through Celebrity Cars.
The website claimed that it was the first time the vehicle had been offered for sale or public display since his passing. According To them, the car underwent a comprehensive restoration to its pre-shooting condition, including a fresh coat of paint.
The process addressed the bullet holes and now boasted replaced wheels identical to the ones it had in 1996. However, owning a piece of this historical artifact came with a hefty price tag – $1,750,000. This black BMW, not owned by Tupac but driven by Suge Knight at the time of the shooting, was initially leased by Death Row Records.