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Tupac Nude Photo Goes Up For Auction

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A nude photo of late rapper Tupac Shakur is being auctioned.

The photo, which was reportedly taken by Shakur's ex-girlfriend in 1990, is being auctioned at Gotta Have Rock and Roll auction house on Nov. 22, with bidding starting at $15,000, according to Page Six.

The item's lot description on the auction house's website describes it as a "graphic nude photograph" of the late rapper's genitals.

"A collection of Tupac Shakur original photographs and negatives featuring a graphic nude photograph of Tupac. Taken at a house party in Marin, California in 1990," reads the description. "The story behind the nude photograph is that Tupac would, on occasion, drop his pants when least expected and catch his friends by surprise."

The lot's description continues: "On this particular night, when a friend was about to take group shot, he did it again. She told him that she was going to zoom in if he didn’t pull his pants up fast, but he just smiled at her and didn’t budge. And so, she took the picture!"

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The website says the items being auctioned include six prints and eight negatives of Tupac, including the nude image. Other shots in the set include the rapper posing with friends. The negative of the picture taken immediately after the nude photo is also included with the set.

The photos, which the auction house describes as being in "very good condition," come with a certificate of authenticity from the auction house. The seller of the photos is also transferring the copyright of the photos.

The online auction will last for nine days. Tupac's death certificate from 1996 is also for sale, with an opening bid of $5,000.

The auction house is also selling nude photos of pop star Madonna from when she was 18 years old, including 108 images with negatives, with opening bids ranging from $800 to $1,200.

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Gotta Have Rock and Roll previously faced controversy when it auctioned a lot containing some of Madonna's personal items.

Madonna filed a lawsuit over the auction, asking a judge to prevent Darlene Lutz, a former friend, from selling the items through Gotta Have Rock and Roll.

The items that were to be auctioned included a pair of worn underwear, a love letter written to Shakur, whom Madonna dated, and a hairbrush with Madonna's hair on it.

Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Gerald Leibovitz ordered the auction to be halted, but has not ruled on whether the case would proceed.

Sources: Page Six (2, 3), Gotta Have Rock and Roll Auction House / Featured Image: InSapphoWeTrust/Flickr / Embedded Images: Daniel Ramirez/Flickr, Chris Weger/Flickr

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