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Tupac Shakur’s Booking Photo, Prison ID Up for Auction

Tupac Shakur’s Booking Photo, Prison ID Up for Auction

Some of Tupac Shakur’s prison mementos are up for sale for a shockingly high price. 

Moments in Time recently listed Shakur’s Clinton Correctional Facility’s booking photo and ID on its website. The ID comes with a replacement request, which reads, “I lost my ID and need a new one. Thank you.” It also includes his signature. 

While the company doesn’t list the items’ prices to the general public, TMZ reports that the booking photos are selling for $35k. Whoever buys the prison ID will have to hand over $75K.

The publication noted that one of Tupac Shakur’s family members had originally owned the ID and photos. They then ended up with several different people over the years before finding a private collector. 

Shakur’s first ID made it to the auction back in 2019 through Heritage Auctions. It began with an opening bid of $2K and ended up going home for $30K.

The late West Coast rapper was sentenced to 18 months to 4.5 years in the Dannemora, N.Y., institution after being convicted of sexual assault in 1995, according to an archived New York Times article. Death Row Records CEO Marion “Suge” Knight ended up posting $1.4 million bail for Shakur after he’d served nine months. Knight paid the hefty fee with the understanding that the musician would record three records with his label, writes XXL.

Just over a year later, on Sept. 7, 1996, Tupac Shakur was fatally gunned down in Las Vegas. It wasn’t until this year that police made an arrest for the murder. 

Man Charged in 1996 Shooting of Tupac Shakur 

In September, Duane “Keffe D” Davis was charged with one count of murder with a deadly weapon with a sentencing enhancement for gang activity. Police had long suspected that Davis was involved in the shooting, and he was one of the four original people investigated in the late ’90s.

According to AP, Davis isn’t the accused gunman, but authorities believe he was involved in the death. In fact, Davis authored a memo in 2019 called Compton Street Legend. In it, he admitted to giving the shooter the gun. He also admitted that the east coast-west coast rivalry fueled the crime. 

“Duane Davis was the shot caller for this group of individuals that committed this crime,” Las Vegas police homicide Lt. Jason Johansson said. “And he orchestrated the plan that was carried out.”

A judge has set two arraignment dates since his initial arrest. Both dates were postponed because Davis has been unable to secure counsel.