At Sotheby’s, the crown is king.

The plastic topper worn by Christopher “Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace in his last photoshoot ever sold for $475,000 during an auction Tuesday night — despite its original $6 price tag.

Despite that princely sum, at the house’s first hip-hop memorabilia auction — which featured a one-of-a-kind Def Jam Recordings jacket, a triptych of pioneering DJs painted by Fab 5 Freddy and Judith Leiber’s crystal-encrusted handbag inspired by a boombox — the crown’s original purchaser was not buying the royal-rig for gold content and embedded jewels.

Enlarge Image The crown worn by Notorious B.I.G. when photographed by Barron Claiborne as the King of New York is displayed during a preview at Sotheby’s for their Inaugural HIP HOP Auction. Getty Images At Sotheby’s, the crown is king.

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