By Josh Saunders
The world’s greatest auction of Tupac Shakur photographs including a nude, unreleased recordings, love letters from prison, grillz, gun charm, do-rags and more could fetch over $320,000(240GBP).
There will certainly be ‘All Eyez on’ the Gotta Have Rock and Roll online auction, which features the most amount of the iconic rapper ever to hit the market.
From a graphic nude of Tupac Shakur’s genitals to photographs with friends and two women is up for $25,000(18kGBP), other images are up for a whopping $35,000(26kGBP).
The handwritten song lyrics to songs including ‘F*** Friendz’ for $35k(26kGBP), *N***** Nature and ‘Smile’ for $11.5k(8.6kGBP) each, and ‘Runnin’ on E’ for $8k(6kGBP).
Prison-penned love letters to a lady named Simi Chouhan one where he signs off ‘Until the end of time’, confirms the end of his marriage and discusses being in Clinton Correction Facility each with estimates up to $5,000(3.7kGBP).
The only copy of an unreleased demo from 1990 featuring five songs for $15,000 (11kGBP) and a silver and diamond gun charm that he wore on a necklace for $7,000(5kGBP).
Along with Tupac’s death certificate from Clark County Health District after his 1996 death, worn grillz, do-rags, photographs from prison and more available online from Nov 22 (WED) – Dec 1st.
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.
“We have so many items that a museum should be interested in, from his death certificate to writings and a lot of autographs and other items collectors should enjoy too.
“He is the most iconic rapper, his whole story is legendary and these items have never come onto the market.
“He’s extremely collectible and a movie came out last year, with another one is in the works – there is an incredible amount of interest in Tupac.
“There’s a lot of cool stuff, there has been very little Tupac stuff on the market, we expect a lot of interest and for the items to do very well.”
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.
Ed said: “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.”
For more information visit: www.gottahaverockandroll.com
SOME OF THE TUPAC SHAKUR LOTS:
TUPAC CIRCA 1990 ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPHS AND NEGATIVES – ESTIMATE $35,000 (26kGBP)
TUPAC CIRCA 1990 ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPHS AND NEGATIVES – ESTIMATE $25,000 (18kGBP)
TUPAC 1990 NUDE PHOTOGRAPH, OTHER IMAGES AND NEGATIVES – ESTIMATE $25,000 (18kGBP)
TUPAC UNRELEASED 1990 MUSIC DEMO RECORDING – ESTIMATE $15,000 (11kGBP)
TUPAC PHOTOS 1990 – ESTIMATE $5,000 (3.7kGBP)
TUPAC PHOTO CIRCA 1989 – ESTIMATE $3,000 (2.2kGBP)
TUPAC HANDWRITTEN ‘FUCK FRIENDZ’ LYRICS – ESTIMATE $35,000 (26kGBP)
TUPAC HANDWRITTEN ‘NIGGAZ NATURE’ – ESTIMATE $11,500 (8.6kGBP)
TUPAC HANDWRITTEN ‘SMILE’ LYRICS – ESTIMATE $11,500 (8.6kGBP)
TUPAC HANDWRITTEN ‘RUNNIN’ ON E’ LYRICS – ESTIMATE $8,000 (6kGBP)
TUPAC CERTIFIED ORIGINAL DEATH CERTIFICATE – ESTIMATE $8,000 (6kGBP)
TUPAC OWNED AND WORN ICONIC SILVER GUN CHARM – ESTIMATE $7,000 (5.2kGBP)
TUPAC ‘ABOVE THE RIM’ SCREEN WORN AND SIGNED SHIRT – ESTIMATE 7,000 (5.2kGBP)
TUPAC HAND ANNOTATED PERSONAL ‘LIVE 2 TELL’ SCREENPLAY – ESTIMATE $5,000 (3.7kGBP)
TUPAC HANDWRITTEN REQUEST FOR MARITAL RECORDS FROM PRISON – ESTIMATE $5,000 (3.7kGBP)
TUPAC HANDWRITTEN SET LIST – ESTIMATE $5,000 (3.7kGBP)
TUPAC SHAKUR TWO PAGE HANDWRITTEN LOVE LETTER FROM PRISON – ESTIMATE $4,000 (3kGBP)
TUPAC SHAKUR HANDWRITTEN LOVE LETTER FROM PRISON – ESTIMATE $4,000 (3kGBP)
TUPAC HANDWRITTEN LOVE LETTER FROM PRISON – ESTIMATE $4,000 (3kGBP)
TUPAC SHAKUR PERSONALLY OWNED AND WORN NAVY BLUE “DO-RAG” – ESTIMATE $4,000 (3kGBP)
TUPAC SHAKUR PERSONALLY OWNED AND WORN WHITE “DO-RAG” – ESTIMATE $4,000 (3kGBP)
TUPAC SHAKUR’S PERSONAL “EUPHANASIA” BUSINESS CARD – ESTIMATE $4,000 (3kGBP)
TUPAC SHAKUR OWNED & WORN GRILLZ – ESTIMATE $5,000 (3.7kGBP)
TUPAC SHAKUR SIGNED & INSCRIBED ORIGINAL POLAROID PHOTOGRAPH FROM PRISON – ESTIMATE $3,000 (2.2kGBP)
TUPAC SHAKUR OWNED AND WORN GOLD CUFFLINKS – ESTIMATE $5,000 (3.7kGBP)
TUPAC SHAKUR THREE-PAGE HANDWRITTEN LOVE LETTER FROM PRISON STATING HIS MARRIAGE IS OVER, – ESTIMATE $4,000 (3kGBP)