Notorious B.I.G.’s Contract With Bad Boy Records Up For Auction, And Other Notables
Christopher “Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace signed a contract, a payment agreement, before his untimely death in 1997, and that very contract is now up for auction.
In fact, that contract holds the only Wallace signature known to exist which is available to the public. According to Rolling Stone, the contract is a payment agreement between Notorious B.I.G. and Sean “Puffy Daddy” Combs’ Bad Boy Records.
The documents also hold Biggie Smalls’ termination agreement with Uptown Records, which allowed him to buy back the masters to two released singles: “Party and Bullsh*t” and “Flip That Sh*t.” Other recorded, but not released, tracks from his massively huge successful Ready to Die debut album were also purchased for a total sum of $326,092.91.
Notorious B.I.G.’s Ready to Die album is widely hailed as the savior album which brought East Coast rap on its feet during a time when West Coast rap was dominant. It is also the only album Wallace ever saw released; he was murdered just days before the release of his second album, Life After Death.
The contract, from 1994, is expected to raise $5,000 – $7,000, according to Paddle8. The starting bid is set for $4,800, and bidding on this important piece of rap history will end on June 25 at 1:00 p.m. EST.
Another notable item up for auction on Paddle8 is a picture of Tupac on a rollercoaster with some friends at Six Flags Mountain Magic Theme Park in Valencia, California. Tupac wrote on the paper frame of the picture, “Peace Daniel, Be a Homie, 2Pac.” This funny memorabilia could fetch about $2,000.
If the late and great rappers of the 90s aren’t your style, a a Nirvana flier for a 1991 concert is up for auction. It was signed by all of Nirvana: Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic, and Dave Grohl. Then to top it off, it was signed by Courtney Love’s band, Hole, before Courtney and Kurt were married.
There’s even a set list and a letter from Elvis Presley waiting to be bid on by an adoring fan or collector.
It certainly will be interesting to see how much people are willing to pay for these legendary items that were once touched by the hands of Notorious B.I.G., Elvis, or Kurt Cobain.
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