ICONIC RAPPER: Tupac
THE BIBLE owned by the late rapper Tupac Shakur while he was serving a prison sentence at New York’s Clinton Correctional Facility in 1995 is being sold for $54,000 on the Internet.
The autograph dealer Moments In Time has obtained the Bible, which is the Life Recovery version of the scripture.
The description reads: “The Bible Tupac used while incarcerated in Dannemora for rape, signed on the inside front cover with his inmate # beneath his signature.”
The rapper apparently signed the Bible with a red marker on the inside cover, and also put his Department of Corrections number, 95A1140.
Tupac started his sentence at Clinton Correctional Facility on February 15, 1995, and released his album Me Against The World a short time later, becoming the first artist to earn a No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 while incarcerated.
While jailed the rapper married his long-time girlfriend, Keisha Morris only to divorce a year later.
Memorabilia from the late rap icon is in high demand, last month it was announced that hand-written lyrics from the late performer were up for auction.
The lyric sheet is for Catchin’ Feelings from his posthumous 2002 Better Dayz album.
AUCTION: Tupac's prison Bible
The rare piece of memorabilia was also made available courtesy of Moments In Time.
Moments In Time owner Gary Zimet told TMZ that he got the lyrics from an ex-employee of the studio in which the slain rapper laid the track in 1996 - the year of his death.
The company also sold Tupac’s 1996 Hummer H1 vehicle.
Moments In Time has since been threatened by the estate of Tupac to cease the sale.
Family of the rapper believe they are the rightful owners of all of Tupac’s original art, and as a result, they think it’s disrespectful to exploit his memory by selling his property.
According to TMZ, someone from Tupc's family independently sent the Bible to Moments in Time, so it while it is not being sold through his estate, his family will receive a large portion of the sale when it comes through.
Tupac, who was shot dead in 1996, had one of the highest selling hip-hop albums of all time with his 1996 classic All Eyez on Me and remains a hip-hop icon with album sales reaching more than 75 million to date.