September 14, 2020 at 5:24pm | Suzanne Clark

Sotheby’s Celebrates Hip Hop With Live Auction 

The crown that ‘Notorious B.I.G. wore as The K.O.N.Y (King Of New York)’

Sotheby’s announced an auction celebrating the history and cultural impact of Hip Hop on 15 September in New York.

The first-ever dedicated Hip Hop auction to be presented at a major international auction house, the sale reflects on the impact Hip Hop has had on art and culture from the late 1970s through the “Golden Age” of the mid-1980s to mid-1990s, and up to the present.

Salt-N-Pepa's "Push It Jackets"

Featuring over 120 lots, the auction is comprised of unique artifacts, contemporary art, one of a kind experiences, photography, vintage and modern fashion, historic and newly designed jewelry and luxury items, rare ephemera including flyers and posters, important publications, and more. The majority of items on offer in the sale have been consigned directly by artists or their estates.

Run-DMC original cover art from volume 3 of "The Hip Hop Family Tree"

A portion of Sotheby’s proceeds will benefit the Queens Public Library Foundation, to support their Hip Hop Programs, coordinated by “Uncle” Ralph McDaniels, as well as Building Beats, a non-profit community organization that teaches tech, entrepreneurial and leadership skills to underserved youth through DJ and music programs.
Tupac Shakur’s High-School Love Letters 

The auction was organized in collaboration with Monica Lynch, former president of Tommy Boy Records (1981-1998) who helped launch the careers of legends Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force, Queen Latifah, De La Soul, and Naughty by Nature, among many others.

A dedicated exhibition for the Hip Hop auction will be on view by appointment in Sotheby’s York Avenue galleries from 11 – 15 September. The exhibition will also be available to the public online via the new Sotheby’s immersive digital gallery experience. Head over to for more.

60's era 5-piece drum kit as used live and in studio by Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson

Drake Unreleased Air Jordan IV Retro | Prototype Size 11

View the item lots and follow the auction at

Originally posted 9/7/20 by Erik Weinbrecht


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