The iconic crown worn by renowned hip-hop artiste, Notorious B.I.G. in his last recorded photoshoot is up for auction.

The “King of New York” picture, as it came to be known, has featured on magazine covers, mixtapes, T-shirts, murals and even in the villain’s headquarters in Netflix’s Luke Cage, BBC reports.

Going back to history, Sotheby’s auction is a way to celebrate the impact of hip-hop which includes love letters written by Tupac Shakur at the age of 16.

There is an aim to also raise some money from this idea as some of the money raised by the 120 items will go towards community projects in New York City.

Three days before he was shot dead on 9 March 1997, the rapper wore the historic crown.

Biggie and the photographer Barron Claiborne signed it at the time, and Barron has kept it in his possession ever since.

While speaking on this development, Sotheby’s said, “I’m very excited to share this iconic piece of hip-hop history with the public,”

“The image transformed Biggie Smalls into an aristocratic or saint like figure, forever immortalised as not only the King of New York, but a king of hip-hop music and one of the greatest artists of all time.”

The financial target expected after the auction is  $200,000 to $300,000 (£150,500 to £225,900).