Memorabilia belonging to the late rapper Tupac Shakur will be up for auction starting Friday. Tupac’s bullet-struck gold medallion, personal Quran and other personal items will be featured in the "Black Heritage Auction."
A CD-R master for Disk Two of Shakur's final album before his death, "All Eyez on Me," features hand-written annotations by Tupac. We have blurred profanity found on the CD master, although the auction item is unaltered. Its worth is estimated between $30,000 and $40,000.
The license plates and registration card for Tupac’s 1995 black Rolls-Royce Corniche IV convertible are up for auction. The car was registered to Marion “Suge” Knight, the owner of Death Row Records, Tupac’s record label at the time of his death. The items are estimated to be worth between $10,000 and $12,000.
Tupac’s knit wool single-breasted Dolce & Gabbana jacket features brown silk lining and closes with three large brown composite buttons. The late rapper wore the jacket to the 1994 movie premiere of “I Like It Like That,” directed by Darnell Martin. The jacket is estimated to be worth $15,000 and $20,000.
The bottom edge of Tupac's gold and diamond crown medallion is distorted and bent. The auction house hired two experts to assess the damage and they believe the imperfection was caused by a bullet strike. The medallion's worth is estimated between $75,000 and $100,000.
"At the time the agreement was drafted, Shakur was imprisoned at Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York, pending his appeal of a 1994 sexual assault conviction. In order to obtain release prior to his retrial, Shakur would have to post bail of $1.4 million, and in the document presented here, Interscope and Atlantic agree to advance that enormous sum," the auction house states. The documents are estimated to be worth between $30,000 and $40,000.
Tupac’s plastic laminated identification card was issued by the State of New York Department of Correctional Services on March 8, 1995, and later corrected to show that it is a replacement card issued Aug. 2. The card features a headshot of Tupac in a green prison jumpsuit. The ID card’s worth is estimated between $15,000 and $20,000.
Tupac Shakur's custom-made medallion features an oblong vertical diamond shape in the center and is decorated with 32 small diamonds inset along the edges. Its worth is estimated between $10,000 and $15,000.
An approximately .75 carat diamond earring often seen on the rapper, including in the cover shoot and on the cover of Tupac Shakur's enormously successful final album: "All Eyez On Me." Its worth is estimated between $12,000 and $15,000.
An iconic piece of jewelry owned and worn by the late rapper Tupac Shakur. The auction house describes it as an "approximately 15 point diamond nose stud worn by Shakur in the cover shoot and in the cover photograph of his final album: 'All Eyez On Me.'" Its worth is estimated between $15,000 and $20,000.
Tupac's 14-karat gold medallion was likely a piece of personal jewelry. The Death Row Records medallion is significantly smaller than a similar one seen in many of Tupac's music videos and public appearances. The piece of jewelry is estimated to be worth between $5,000 and $7,000.
Toward the end of his life, Tupac studied Islam. His bilingual English-Arabic Quran is in “very fine condition” and its worth is estimated between $40,000 and $50,000.
On the first page of his Quran, Tupac has written “Property of Tupac Shakur” in blue ink.
Tupac’s Dolce & Gabbana shirt was worn in a 1996 music video that he filmed with fellow rap artist Snoop Dogg. The white-woven silk long-sleeved button-down can be seen in the music video for "2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted."The shirt’s worth is estimated between $12,000 and $15,000.