By Ryan Velez
The Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur had a legendary rap feud while they were both alive, but 20 years later after their deaths—only a few months apart—Celebrity Net Worth reports that there is a new sort of feud going on regarding the two, somewhat anyway. Only two weeks after the BMW Tupac was shot and killed in was being sold by celebrity memorabilia auction house Moments In Time, TMZ reported that the car Biggie was shot in was being sold by the same auction house, for the same price: $1.5 million.
The story of how the Biggie death car came to auction is a rather winding one. Following his March 1997 death in the 1997 GMC Suburban, it was brought from a broker only seven months later. The car’s new owners would have no clue about its historical significance until 2005 when they were contacted by an LAPD detective regarding the wrongful death trial that was ongoing at the time. Even with 114,000 miles on it and a bullet hole in the passenger-side seatbelt, the car is set to pull quite a sizable payday.
Granted, a bit of restoration work has been done on the car. While the bullet-ridden door was replaced before the new set of owners bought it, those who have seen the car say that they did a pretty good job taking care of it, even not knowing that it was a potential collector’s item. The only reminder of its true history is that signature bullet-hole.
Considering that the 20th anniversary of Biggie’s death was this month, it has to be imagined that putting the death car up for auction at this time was done to take advantage of the renewed interest in the deceased rapper. Several different tributes across Biggie’s native Brooklyn and the entire world have taken place, from the expansive to the personal, from fans and contemporaries who both want to remember his music and talent and mourn his death. Even with this timeliness in mind, it will be interesting to see which of the two morbid pieces of history will ultimately end up pulling in the bigger price.