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Rapper Biggie Smalls’ Leather Jacket leads Huge Multi-Category Auction

by WorthPoint Staff (04/04/12).

This black leather jacket worn by the late rapper Biggie Smalls (a.k.a. “The Notorious B.I.G.”) and will lead the upcoming two-day, multi-category sale planned for April 19-21 by Philip Weiss Auctions.

OCEANSIDE, N.Y. – The original black leather jacket worn by the late Brooklyn rap artist Biggie Smalls (aka “The Notorious B.I.G.”), plus a full-year sheet of Chinese Year of the Monkey stamps from 1980 worth an estimated $100,000-plus), Disney items, Hollywood memorabilia and more will be sold at a three-day, four session sale planned for April 19-21 by Philip Weiss Auctions.

The event will take place at Philip Weiss Auctions’ gallery, located at #1 Neil Court in Oceanside. Nearly 2,000 mostly fresh-to-the market lots will cross the block, in many categories: stamps, coins, postcards, toys, trains, toy soldiers, dolls, Disney items, animation and animation art, toys, figurines, Hollywood memorabilia, rock ’n’ roll collectibles and much more.

Internet bidding will be provided by Proxibid and Auctionzip.

The Biggie Smalls jacket is expected to attract intense bidder interest, mainly because the rapper was a larger-than-life figure, both literally and figuratively. Smalls was born Christopher George Latore Wallace on May 21, 1972. He took the name Biggie Smalls after a character in the 1975 movie “Let’s Do It Again” and became a central figure in the East Coast hip-hop scene.

In 1994, Smalls released a debut album with the prescient title “Ready to Die.” Although he was born in New York and based there, the rapper got caught up in the East Coast-West Coast feud that led to his drive-by killing by an unknown assailant in Los Angeles, on March 9, 1997. His killing may have been retribution for the shooting death of another rapper, Tupac Shakur.

The rare, iconic “butcher” cover of The Beatles’ “Yesterday and Today” album, from 1966 will be available for bidding.

The jacket will be sold in the second session on Saturday, April 21, starting at 2 p.m. It will be offered with other items dedicated mainly to Hollywood and rock ’n’ roll. The rock items include a copy of the iconic “butcher” cover of the Beatles’ “Yesterday and Today” album, rare concert posters for many rock legends, a Randy Travis jacket and Tanya Tucker pants and boots.

The auction will kick off on Thursday, April 19, at 4 p.m., with an afternoon-evening session dedicated to stamps, coins and postcards. The star lot of the day will be the full-sheet 1980 Chinese Year of the Monkey stamps, for which bidding is expected to reach or exceed $100,000. A similar full-sheet sold at auction for $70,000, but the value has gone up since then.

This full sheet of 1980 Chinese Year of the Monkey stamps could realize $100,000 or more.

Other items will include a group of extremely rare unopened booklets of foreign military currency, gold and silver coins, graded coins, Russian stamps and postcards, stamps from the estate of Charles Russ, Part 2 of the Chicago Collection, more of the Great Lakes Collection, stamps in specialty albums, box lots, attic hoards and postcards (to include estate collections).

Toys, trains, toy soldiers and dolls will take center stage on Friday, April 20, at 2 p.m. Offered will be a selection of pressed steel trucks and vehicles, two rare mint-in-the-box Marx playsets, HO-scale brass train engines from the Kozsey estate, early German and French toys, a tin lithograph Lehmann Halloh motorcycle, and die-casts, to include Dinky, Matchbox and Politoys.

This tin litho Lehmann Halloh toy motorcycle is just one of many toys, trains, toy soldiers and dolls to be sold.

Also offered on April 20 will be trains (including Part 3 of a large American Flyer collection), items from the San Francisco Toy Collection (featuring battery-ops and dolls from the 1950s-1970s), toy soldiers (including Britains sets and Courtenay Knights), a wonderful selection of vintage tin lithographed character toys, wind-ups, Fisher Price toys and more.

The Saturday, April 21 session, starting at 10 a.m., will be dominated by Disney. Lots to watch include a spectacular animation cel of the Seven Dwarfs (plus many other animation and production cels), the Joel Cohen Disney Collection (to include ephemera book lots), a single-owner collection of Disney Armani and Laldro figures, Ron Lee sculptures and Disney classics.

This rare 1946 Pageant Magazine with Marilyn Monroe on the cover will be sold Saturday, April 21.

After a brief intermission, the second session of the day will start, at around 2 p.m. Some Hollywood memorabilia will include a rare Pageant Magazine from 1946 with Marilyn Monroe on the cover, a collection of over 3,000 movie posters, half-sheets, one-sheets, inserts, larger posters (to be sold in bulk lots), some singles, box lots of photos and negatives, and more.

The rock ’n’ roll portion will feature posters for some of the greatest names in history: the Grateful Dead, Led Zeppelin, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones (for the Fillmore and Avalon ballrooms). Also featured will be handbills, photos and autographed guitars, posters and other items (Madonna, Jennifer Lopez, Pearl Jam, Green Day and Van Halen).

For more information about this auction, call 516.594.0731, e-mail to or visit the Philip Weiss Auctions website.


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