An iconic photo of hip-hop legend Biggie is up for auction in the NFT world. Further bringing the icon to life is a physical copy of the awe-inspiring “King of New York” (KONY) image that links to the Ethereum asset itself.
Taken by a famous photographer Baron Claiborne Back in 1997, KONY’s photos are still popular today. Claiborne took this snapshot just three days before the tragic death of The Notorious B.I.G. As a result, the snapshot of Biggie proudly sporting a tilted crown is recognized as a symbol of hip-hop excellence.
GM 👑 Countdown to the “There Can Only Be One” auction starting today at 2pm ET.
Before digital, you had to wait 24 hours to see the results. This was the first frame I saw and I was convinced it was a money shot. I have cut this out of my contact sheet and kept it for 26 years! pic.twitter.com/2UDcloL9gf
— Baron Claiborne (@TheKONYNFT) July 12, 2023
A digital art auction with a twist
The Biggie KONY NFT auction is now live on the Kairos platform, with prices starting as high as $93,500 (50 ETH). Considering the original physical crown image sold at his 2020 Sotheby’s sale for around $595,000, it’s clear that the masterpiece holds its value. Biggie’s fans have set a deadline of 29 days for Biggie’s fans to bid on this historic image in tangible and virtual form.
In addition, 9 additional collectible items from the KONY series will be sold for $1,865 (1 ETH), with 35% of the proceeds going to the Keiyo Art Association. This offer also includes an Open Edition drop of $55 (0.03 ETH) per card. After that, Claiborne will sell 100 more digital photo versions combined with physical prints for 1 ETH from his July 26th.
Biggie’s digital legacy doesn’t end there. Yet another general sale will begin in his August, along with the infamous BIG New York City Metrocard, which presents the influencer’s signature (and highly desirable) signature.
By offering hip-hop enthusiasts the opportunity to own multiple Biggie KONY NFTs in a variety of ways, Claiborne has once again put his lyrical genius back in the limelight, keeping his talents alive in this digital age where blockchain-based artifacts continue to gain popularity.
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