Tupac Classic Handwritten Lyrics, Letter On Sale Now For Staggering Price

If you’ve ever wanted to pay a substantial price for one of Tupac Shakur’s items that helped fuel one of the most successful and legendary rap careers in history, you’re in luck. Unfortunately, none of the bandannas that he wore on stage happen to be for sale just yet.

A week from today marks twenty years since Tupac Shakur, the award-winning artist who claimed California as his home after being born in New York, died from internal bleeding after a drive-by shooting on September 6, 1996. While many radio stations will blast ‘Hail Mary’ and ‘Dear Mama’ in honor of the fallen MC, the memorabilia company Moments in Time is taking advantage of the anniversary in a much different way.

TMZ, who broke the news on Monday, had the details on this rare opportunity to own something that belonged to the legendary musician.

“The original lyric sheet to ‘Catchin’ Feelings’ — from 2002’s Better Dayz album — is up for grabs, courtesy of the memorabilia company Moments in Time. Retail price… $38,500. Gary Zimet, who owns MiT, tells us he obtained the lyrics from an ex-employee of the studio where Tupac recorded the track in ’96… and, wisely, he’s been holding onto the framed piece until this month.”

TMZ also attached a picture of the letter with the expletives all blurred out.

[Image via TMZ]
As HipHop DX’s Danielle Hartling noted, this isn’t the first time that something from Shakur’s estate has gone on sale for big money. In October 2015, a handwritten letter by Shakur addressed to former Death Row Uncut magazine editor Nina Bhadreshwar had a retail price of $225,000.

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If you’re a diehard fan of Shakur, and you have the money, then this purchase may be something you want to look into. But, if you want to save your nearly 40,000 dollars for something else, here are other things in that price range that may be a bit more usable.

  • For 40,000 dollars, you can buy a Roush-supercharged Mustang GT at a car dealership in Ohio.
  • Sticking with cars, feel free to get a new 2017 Mercedes Benz C300 for nearly 43,000 dollars, but there’s always the possibility of getting some sort of student discount by using your son or daughter.
  • 39,000 dollars will get you a prized, old-time Liberty V nickel from 1913 on Etsy. According to the seller, there’s only five of these that are even known to exist.
  • An authentic John ‘Honus’ Wagner baseball card is on eBay for $39,950 dollars, but it likely isn’t the card that you’re looking for…
  • Also on eBay is an Elvis Presley autographed promotional photo from 1956 and on sale for just 2,000 dollars.

The idea of these important artifacts being uncovered is definitely one that will lead to someone breaking the bank, but the purchase may not be as appealing as one may think with that high of a price.

Shakur, born Lesane Parish Crooks, died in 1996 at the age of 25 just months before friend and rival Christopher ‘Notorious B.I.G.’ Wallace was murdered in cold blood as well. Since his passing, several posthumous albums have been released with artists such as The Outlawz, Eminem, 50 Cent, T.I., Young Buck, and Snoop Dogg. A biopic directed by Benny Boom titled All Eyez On Me began production last December and features an ensemble cast of The Walking Dead’s Danai Gurira (Afeni Shakur) and Lauren Cohan (Leila Steinberg), The Wire‘s Jamie Hector (Mutulu Shakur), and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas‘ Clifton Powell (Floyd).

Demetrius Shipp Jr., a former Target employee who pursued an acting career, will be in the lead role as Shakur and replaces Marcc Rose, who appeared as the ‘Runnin’ rapper in 2015’s Straight Outta Compton. While the movie was initially scheduled for a November 2016 release, Spin.com reported in July that Daz Dillinger, a former friend of Shakur, is causing a delay due to his ownership of Shakur’s song ‘Ambitionz Az A Ridah.”

A trailer for the movie can be seen below.

[Photo by Bebeto Matthews/AP Images]

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