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).
The rapper, born Christopher Wallace, 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.
Sotheby's auction house predicted the crown would sell for $200,000 to $300,000, but it 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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