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Sale of Notorious B.I.G.'s plastic crown sets Guinness record

The crown worn by The Notorious B.I.G., aka Biggie Smalls, during a 1997 photo shoot broke a Guinness World Record when it sold for $594,750 at a Sotheby's auction Sept. 15 in New York. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
The crown worn by The Notorious B.I.G., aka Biggie Smalls, during a 1997 photo shoot broke a Guinness World Record when it sold for $594,750 at a Sotheby's auction Sept. 15 in New York. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

Oct. 16 (UPI) -- Guinness World Records has announced the sale of a plastic crown worn by rapper The Notorious B.I.G. during an iconic photo shoot set a new world record when it sold for almost $600,000 at auction.

The rapper, born Christopher Wallace and also known as Biggie Smalls, wore the plastic crown in 1997 during a "King of New York" photo shoot for Rap Pages Magazine. A photo taken by Barron Claiborne during the shoot became one of the most famous images of the performer.

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Sotheby's auction house predicted the crown would sell for $200,000 to $300,000, but it far exceeded expectations and broke a world record by selling for $594,750.

Guinness said the plastic crown, signed by the rapper and the photographer, set a record for the most expensive fancy-dress/costume crown sold at auction.

The Notorious B.I.G. was born in 1972 and died at age 24 in 1997.

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