The Notorious B.I.G.'s crown sells for big money at Sotheby's Auction House.
The largest broker of fine and decorative art, jewelry, real estate and collectibles announced that the crown worn by Biggie Smalls in the famous "King of New York" photo sold for $594,750.
The headpiece was signed by both Biggie and Barron Claiborne, the shoot's photographer in 1997. B.I.G. also donned it before being killed three days later in Los Angeles.
"I think that crown is one of the most recognizable symbols of hip hop, 20th-century culture. Everybody around the world recognizes this crown. You see it on T-shirts. You see it on coffee cups and prayer candles. It’s huge." Sotheby's senior specialist Cassandra Hatton said.
The crown was projected to sell for $200,000 to $300,000.
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