Tupac Shakur’s death came as a surprise to many. Since then, it seems that there is always new memorabilia from him that is up for auction.
In the past, some of the items that were sold include, his poetry, letters he wrote in jail, and hidden photos all purchased by the musician’s fans for thousands of dollars.
This time around, the 1996 BMW 750IL that he was shot in is the piece for sale, but it would cost a pretty penny.
With a whopping $1.7 million slapped on it as its asking price, potential buyers must really want the car to buy it. It is available for view at the Celebrity Cars Las Vegas showroom.
More About The Car
This is not the first time one of the rapper’s car is up for sale.
Some years back, one of Tupac’s cars, a 1996 Hummer H1 was sold at an auction for $337,144, with the final bidding price at three times the initial estimation made prior to its sale.
As for the BMW, Las Vegas Police impounded the car after the murder and auctioned it off, after which it passed through several collectors.
The vehicle was previously up for auction in 2017 and had an asking price of $1.5 million then it moved up to its current price of $1.7 million in 2021.
According to the listing by the auction house, the only relic of the unfortunate incident are the slight indentations made where some bullets struck the car.
Apart from that, everything else is prim and proper with fresh paint, new tires, rims and many more to attract the buyers.
The fully restored car has just over 10,000 miles on it. A deposit of $20,000 is required to initiate possible purchase and the buyer is expected to sign an agreement of confidentiality.
If purchased, the buyer would be provided with documentation of authenticity.
Several conspiracy theories have been created about the death of the music legend and many names were bandied around as his killers yet, the case has remained a mystery for decades.
News about his death revealed that the artist was riding in the passenger seat of the BMW while Death Row Records CEO, Suge Knight drove the vehicle.
They had just left MGM Grand after the Mike Tyson vs. Bruce Seldon fight. The car was stopped at a red light at Koval Lane and Flamingo Road when multiple bullets were fired at it in a drive-by shooting.
Tupac was shot in the chest, arm, and thigh by a .40 caliber rounds fired from a handgun, while Suge was nicked in the head. He was rushed to the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada then died six days later at the age of 25.
No one has ever been charged to court for his murder.
In 2002, investigative journalist Chuck Philips published in the Los Angeles Times that Anderson, a Southside Compton Crip, was Tupac’s murderer.
He speculated that having been attacked by Suge and Shakur’s entourage at the MGM Hotel after the boxing match, he had ganged up with some friends and fired the fatal gunshots in the drive-by shooting.
He then stated that Las Vegas police had interviewed him only once, briefly, before Tupac’s death for an unrelated shooting.
Philips’s 2002 article also alleged that rival Notorious B.I.G (Christopher Wallace) was involved in the shooting. The rapper denied the accusation and provided his alibi. Six months later, he too was shot dead in his car.
Suge Knight has been repeatedly accused of putting out the hit on Wallace in retaliation for Tupac’s death. This case has also not been resolved. Knight is currently serving a 28-year prison sentence for other crimes since 2015.
In Loving Memory
Tupac was described to be “the unlikely martyr of gangsta rap,” having paid the ultimate price of a criminal lifestyle.
In the end, he helped contribute a great deal to improve how rap, especially black rap was perceived by the world.
In addition to the speculations about his murderer, Philips, had some words to say about the demise of the rapper.
“The slaying silenced one of modern music’s most eloquent voices—a ghetto poet whose tales of urban alienation captivated young people of all races and backgrounds.”
“The 25-year-old Shakur had helped elevate rap from a crude street fad to a complex art form, setting the stage for the current global hip-hop phenomenon.”
Even in death, Tupac remains a timeless rap icon.