Save the date for 15 September as a first-of-its-kind auction in New York is offering you the chance to own 120 of the most iconic pieces of artwork, fashion, photography, and hip-hop ephemera created and owned by the icons of the culture dating from the late '70s, via the Golden Age, to the present day.
Among the lots include: the crown worn by the Notorious B.I.G in the 1997 King of New York shoot, lensed by Barron Clairborne, hoping to reach US$200-300,000; Salt-N-Pepa's Push It jackets, expected to sell for US$12-18,000; a private atelier experience and couture design appointment with Dapper Dan, the Hip-Hop Tailor of Harlem which is estimated to fetch between US$10-15,000; and a money-can't-buy, Sweat the Technique private lyric writing lesson and studio session with Rakim with a $US20-30,000 price tag.
There are four ways to bid: by telephone, online, in the room, and in advance. Register for telephone, online, or in room bidding here. The lots will be exhibited at Sotheby's in New York from 11-15 September. To schedule a socially distanced viewing, contact appointmentsNY@sothebys.com or call + 212-606-7171.
Giving back to the community, a percentage of the sales will go towards both the Queens Public Library Foundation, in support of its Hip Hop Programmes, and Building Beats, a non-profit community organisation that teaches tech, entrepreneurial and leadership skills to underserved youth through DJ and music programmes, ensuring the mic is passed to the next generation.
Photos: Barron Clairborne, extracted from Contact High by Vikki Tobak (Clarkson Potter), Janette Beckman and Glen Luchford, courtesy of Gucci