The Art and Influence of Hip Hop
Online Auction: 23–30 March 2022 • 12:00 PM EDT • New York

The Art and Influence of Hip Hop 23–30 March 2022 • 12:00 PM EDT • New York

S otheby’s is thrilled present our second annual Hip Hop auction. Titled The Art and Influence of Hip Hop, the sale spans art, fashion, photography, hand-written documents, historic studio equipment, important artifacts, NFTs and more, representing key moments from the late 1970s through the present, demonstrating the influence of Hip Hop on art and culture.

The selection is led by an unpublished booklet of haikus written and illustrated by Tupac Shakur when he was just 11 years old, on offer from his godfather, Jamal Joseph (lot 100), a Black Panther activist who was gifted the booklet by Tupac 40 years ago while incarcerated with fellow Panthers at Leavenworth Prison, as well as a selection of love letters from Tupac to a cherished sweetheart, written at the age of 17 and just before rocketing to fame (lots 101-107).

A majority of the auction consigned directly from the artists on offer in the sale, including Chuck D, Jazzy Jay, Ice T + Afrika Islam, Bobbito Garcia, Crazy Legs, Sue Kwon, Roberto Lugo, Shirt King Phade, April Walker, Dan Lish, Danny Hastings, Danny Cortes, and Elena Kazi, as well from the Estate of Marcel Theo Hall (aka “Biz Markie”), and many more. In addition, works from the late Shock G of Digital Underground, MF Doom, and Ricky Powell will be represented.

This years’ Hip Hop auction was once again curated and organized by SVP, Global Head of Department & Senior Specialist Cassandra Hatton, in collaboration with Monica Lynch, former president of Tommy Boy Records (1981-1998), who helped launch the careers of legends Queen Latifah, De La Soul, Digital Underground, Naughty by Nature, House of Pain, among many others. Lynch is widely recognized as a leading voice on the history of the culture, and has appeared in numerous documentaries and podcasts.

Tupac Shakur
"Haiku", autograph manuscript signed ("Tupac ♥ Shakur, Future Freedom Fighter"), ca. spring 1983.
Estimate: 200,000 – 300,000 USD

"Eternally, Tupac Shakur"

View 1 of Lot 18: 5% Solution. Done by FUTURA for his friend, Crazy Legs, signed and inscribed by the artist to verso, 1983.
Futura 2000
5% Solution. Done by FUTURA for his friend, Crazy Legs, signed and inscribed by the artist to verso, 1983.
Estimate: 30,000 – 50,000 USD

Created by FUTURA as a personal gift for the famed b-boy Crazy Legs, the current lot is one of the earliest known works by the legendary graffiti artist to come to market. Dating from 1983 and titled 5% Solution as a nod to Legs' then-affiliation with the Black Nationalist Five-Percent Nation, the work features Futura’s signature "Pointman" motif, one of his earliest known uses of the figure.


Graffiti Art

Afrika Islam / Ice T

Vintage Audio & Historic Recording Equipment

Jazzy Jay

Available for Private Sale

The Archive of Skateland U.S.A., Compton, CA
Price Upon Request

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Original Art

Stage-Worn and Vintage Fashion


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