Own a piece of hip-hop history as Sotheby's launches the first-ever auction dedicated to the culture

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Own a piece of hip-hop history as Sotheby's launches the first-ever auction dedicated to the culture

Photographer Barron Clairborne is auctioning off the crown worn by Biggie in the King of New York shoot which took place shortly before his death

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.

A private appointment with Dapper Dan, the Hip-Hop Tailor of Harlem is also on offer

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.

Salt-N-Pepa's Push It jackets have been donated by the artists with proceeds going towards their chosen causes

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