News: Notorious B.I.G.'s Black Jacket Up For Grabs, Late Mogul's Leather Gets Auction Date

Saturday, Apr 7, 2012 11:50PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Fans of the late Notorious B.I.G. will have an oppotunity to own a piece of his legacy with reports of an auction on a jacket worn by him being planned for later this month.

According to reports, the auction will take place in Oceanside, New York.

The original black leather jacket worn by the late Brooklyn rap artist Biggie Smalls (aka 'The Notorious B.I.G.') will be sold at a three-day, four session sale planned for April 19-21 by Philip Weiss Auctions. The event will take place at Philip Weiss Auctions' spacious gallery, located at #1 Neil Court in Oceanside. Internet bidding will be provided by Proxibid.com and Auctionzip.com. The Biggie Smalls jacket is expected to attract intense bidder interest, mainly because the rapper was a larger-than-life figure, both literally and figuratively. Smalls was born Christopher George Latore Wallace on May 21, 1972. He took the name Biggie Smalls after a character in the 1975 movie Let's Do It Again and became a central figure in the East Coast hip-hop scene. (Press Release)

Fans hoping for a chance to bid on the jacket will have their shot on April 21st.

The jacket will be sold in the second session on Saturday, April 21, starting at 2 p.m. It will be offered with other items dedicated mainly to Hollywood and rock 'n' roll. The rock items include a copy of the iconic "butcher" cover of the Beatles' Yesterday and Today album, rare concert posters for many rock legends, a Randy Travis jacket and Tanya Tucker pants and boots. (Press Release)

Back in March 2009, rap artists like Talib Kweli and David Banner united for a Biggie Smalls celebrity auction.

Marco will host the silent auction coined on March 9, 2009 at the luxurious Prime Condos. March 9th marks the anniversary of the late Christopher Wallace's death. MarcoArt will donate a unique painting of Wallace ("B.I.G.") for a silent auction, with net proceeds going to Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, which is dedicated to providing disadvantaged urban youth with significant arts exposure, access and education as well as providing exhibition opportunities to early and mid-career artists and artists of color. (Hip Hop Press)

Considered as one of hip-hop's best ever, 112's Slim recently spoke to SOHH about his bond with Biggie and how much of an impact he had on him at the start of his career.

"Every time I am working on an album, I feel like the Notorious B.I.G. is with me. Every time. Especially when I'm on stage, every time. It's a must that I play these records and I do the 112 records and it's amazing. I miss him a lot. Can you imagine what would have popped off by now if he was still alive? At the end of the day, I miss him and at the same time, I feel like he's with me and in my heart. I love him to death." (SOHH Guest Star)

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