Photos: Tupac's Koran, Medallion Allegedly Struck By Bullet, Among Items Up For Auction
Tupac Shakur was murdered more than 20 years ago, and yet his presence still looms over L.A. Is it because of the power of his artistry? The weight of his lore? The unsolved circumstances of his death? Whatever the reason, it seems as if we can never extricate ourselves from the ghost of Shakur.
If your intent is to get closer to him (and if holograms just don't do it for you), you'll be able to take it up a notch and bid for some of his personal possessions on April 7, when the Maryland-based Alexander Historical Auctions holds its "Black Heritage Auction."
The auction, as suggested by its name, will include memorabilia and personal effects that pertain to black history. Some of the items have ties to historical black figures such as Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Frederick Douglass, and George Washington Carver. For some Angelenos and hip-hop aficionados, however, it's likely Shakur who will generate the most fanfare.
Items on hand include a gold medallion that Shakur had worn in the music video for "How Do U Want It?" There's an indentation on the lower corner of the medallion; according to the auction house, a couple experts determined that this was likely cause by a bullet (it's not stated, however, if Shakur was wearing this item when he was killed).
Other (less macabre) items include Shakur's personal Koran, hand-written lyrics for a number of his most popular songs, the license plates from his Rolls Royce, his first publishing contract, as well as a Dolce & Gabbana jacket (the man had great taste).
Most likely, you won't be able to afford any of these items (both the D&G jacket and the medallion, for instance, start at $15,000). But if you're feeling bold, you'll be able to place bids via phone and the internet (the actual auction is in Brooklyn). You can register and find out more information here.
Also of note: Shakur will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on, coincidentally, the same day as the auction. He'll be inducted by a fellow SoCal representative: Snoop Dogg.
You can find a pdf of the auction catalogue here.