Lyrics handwritten by Tupac Shakur to be auctioned for £65,000

The rapper wrote both sets of lyrics while in prison

A pair of Tupac Shakur’s handwritten lyric sheets will be put up for auction later in September.

The late rapper’s handwritten notes, both featuring his signature, will go up for auction at Sotheby’s in London on September 29, with an expected selling price of over £64,000. A Sotheby’s representative said they are “confident there’ll be a lot of interest”.

The lyric sheet for the outro of ‘Tradin’ War Stories’ will go up for auction alongside the manuscript containing lyrics for 2Pac‘s ‘Ambitionz Az A Ridah’, the opening track of his album ‘All Eyez On Me’. He wrote both sets of lyrics while in prison, serving time for sexual assault.

This is not the first time that Shakur’s belongings have been auctioned. A fedora he wore in the video for ‘California Love’ was put up for auction in 2013 with a base price of $4,000 (£2,600). A crown-shaped ring he was said to be wearing when he was killed in 1996 was given a guide price of $10,000 (£6,500) to $20,000 (£13,000) back in 2008.

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Earlier this year, personal possessions that once belonged to Shakur went on display at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles. Among the items featured were a number of his outfits, including a Versace suit worn at the 1996 Grammy Awards.

More handwritten notes, lyrics and poems were available to view in the exhibition, titled All Eyes On Me: The Writings Of Tupac Shakur, which also featured interview and performance footage.

Tupac’s mother Afeni Shakur oversaw the exhibition. “It means a lot to me that [Grammy Museum Executive Director] Bob Santelli and the Grammy Museum have chosen to honour my son with their upcoming exhibit of his works,” the activist said in a statement. “Tupac’s writings are an honest reflection of his passions for and about life. His timeless messages have instilled hope for those who have little, and for others, they serve as a catalyst for change. His words continue to motivate and inspire new generations.”
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