Tupac Shakur fans have a chance at owning a piece of history. Goldin Auctions has announced a 10-lot auction of personal items from the late and legendary MC.
One of the most expensive highlights is a handwritten and signed essay titled “Is Thug Life Dead?” Originally sent to Nina Bhadreshwar, an employee at Death Row Records, the piece was meant to be printed as a message to youth. However, the essay was never published.
“I did not begin thug life,” ‘Pac writes in the piece. “I just personified it. I couldn’t stop it if I tried but in my heart the thug ni**a has advanced 2 be a Boss Playa. So No Thug Life is Not Dead but in my heart it is. If U are sharp u will learn from this.”
The current bid for the letter is $10,000. In April, one of ‘Pac’s high school love letters sold for $35,000.
Other items up for sale include a handwritten letter to a childhood friend in 1988, his 1991 signed contracts for Juice and Poetic Justice, and his first contract with Digital Underground. Handwritten lyrics for “Catchin Feelings” and “Wonda Why They Call You B-I-T-C-H” are also available, along with commemorative plaques.
Bids can be placed through Goldin Auctions from now until Oct. 29.
Last month marked 20 years since Tupac’s murder in Las Vegas. He died from multiple gun shots in a still unsolved crime. He was 25.