Tupac Shakur’s Prison Handwritten Letter ‘Is Thug Life Dead’ Sells for $172,000!
The letter Tupac Shakur wrote while he was incarcerated in New York’s Clinton Correctional Facility in 1995 has reportedly been auctioned off at a whopping $172,000.
According to Vibe, the auction was carried out by Ken Goldin of Goldin Auctions who noted that the highest bidder was a “well-known person who beat out a popular entertainer to take home a piece of hip-hop history.”
Tupac reportedly wrote the 4-paged letter ‘Is Thug Life Dead?’ to the Death Row Records employee Nina Bhadreshwar, on May 6, 1995, while serving time for sexually abusing a fan.
“Sorry it took so long, I did get your first letter and I enjoyed it,” Tupac said in the letter. “It helped my spirit rebuild. Here is where my heart is at this time. It’s long but it’s true. Use it as u see fit.”
Vibe notes that the prison time changed the rapper because when he granted an interview from the prison, he said his spirit would not be broken.
“That was the addict speaking,” he told his interviewer in April of 1995. “The addict knew that if I went to jail, the addict couldn’t live. And so the addict in Tupac is gone.”
Adding, “The excuse-maker in Tupac is dead, the irresponsible person…the vengeful Tupac is dead. The Tupac that would stand by and let dishonorable things happen is dead. I got a job to do, I feel like God let me live to do something extremely extraordinary…even if they give me the full maximum time, that’s still my job. ”
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