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Biggie’s ‘King of New York’ Crown Sells For Almost Half A Million Dollars At A Recent Auction

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In late August, Sotheby’s announced that one of their auctions, which included a number of iconic hip-hop artifacts, would take place at their New York location on September 15. One of the major pieces up for auction was The Notorious B.I.G.‘s famous “King Of New York” plastic crown, which he wore in a 1997 Rap Pages magazine photoshoot. The crown was set to be auctioned for $200,000, but today it’s confirmed that the crown sold for more than double the price, nabbing a whopping $475,000.

Another major item that went up for auction was a collection of Tupac’s handwritten high school love letters, which sold for $60,000. Other items sold at Tuesday’s auction include a pair of Salt-N-Pepa “Push It” jackets, which sold for $19,000, Slick Rick’s diamond eye patch ($20,000), Fab 5 Freddy’s gold and diamond MTV ring ($28,000), and a complete run of Source magazine ($26,000).

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Queens Public Library‘s hip-hop programs and Building Beats, a music-based non-profit that specializes in DJing and production.

In a Reuters interview prior to the auction, Sotheby’s senior specialist Cassandra Hatton spoke about Biggie’s King Of New York crown, saying, “I think that crown is one of the most recognizable symbols of hip hop, 20th century culture. Everybody around the world recognizes this crown. You see it on T-shirts. You see it on coffee cups and prayer candles. It’s huge.”

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‘Passion Of The Christ’ Star Jim Caviezel Claims Mel Gibson’s Sequel Will Be The ‘Biggest Film’ In History

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The “All Time Domestic Box Office” list is mostly full of the films you’d expect to be on there. Star Wars, Marvel, James Cameron movies about Leonardo DiCaprio drawing nude ladies and blue cat-aliens, sequels, franchises, etc. But there’s one title that stands out: The Passion of the Christ, which despite coming out 14 years ago (and being about the grisly death of Jesus Christ) is still the 47th highest-grossing movie ever at the domestic box office. It was as high as seventh at one point, but now it fits between Spider-Man 2 and The Secret Life of Pets with $370.7 million, plus an extra $251.5 million internationally. Disgraced-yet-still working director Mel Gibson has talked for years about making a sequel to the cultural sensation (it’s also the top-grossing rated-R movie in North America, barely edging out Deadpool). Well, apparently he’s writing the goddamn, I mean, damn thing, and it’s going to be the “biggest film in world history.”

“Mel Gibson just sent me [the] third draft. It’s coming. It’s called The Passion of the Christ: Resurrection. It’s going to be the biggest film in world history,” actor Jim Caviezel, a.k.a. Jesus, told Breitbart News (uh oh) via Yahoo. I can’t believe Caviezel of all people broke the most important commandment: thou shalt not covet the title of world’s biggest film.

Gibson previously called The Resurrection “a very big subject and it needs to be looked at, because we don’t wanna just do a simple rendering of it. I mean, we can all read what happened, but in order to really experience and explore probably deeper meanings of what it’s about is gonna take some doing.”

You might even call this his………… Passion project.

(Via Yahoo!)

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Savannah Guthrie Couldn’t See For Months After Her 3-Year-Old Son Threw A Train Toy At Her Eye

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Savannah Guthrie — journalist, Today show host, wife, and mother of two — has been dealing with a pretty serious eye injury for the past year.

On the day before Thanksgiving in November 2019, Savannah was playing with 3-year-old son Charley when he accidentally threw a toy train right at her face, its sharp point landing square in her right eye.

The popular anchor was noticeably absent from the Today show for a whole week as her eyesight “went from blurry to dark.”

Thankfully, Savannah was able to have surgery to repair her torn retina, which left her temporarily without vision. She says that surgery ultimately saved her from permanently losing vision.


“When you have this retinal detachment, most people will end up developing cataracts, obviously at a much younger age than would normally be expected,” she told People magazine. “When you have cataracts, you get blurry spots and you notice it more and more.”

The pandemic hit in the midst of Savannah’s medical crisis, which led to her surgeries being pushed back at a crucial point.

But it’s good to see she can now see again!

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Want To Feel Old? Mario Is Only Supposed Be 24 Years Old

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Remember when you were little, and adults fell under three categories: vaguely young, vaguely middle age, and vaguely smelling of adult diapers? We tend to apply the same metric to video game characters, whose uncanny valley faces defy proper dating unless their creators give out their age. And even if they tell you, you may not want to know; otherwise, you might find out that gaming’s most beloved mustachioed New Yorker is actually a twenty-something, cloth cap, overall-wearing Brooklyn hipster.

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There he goes, running to the nearest raw milk bar. 

In a 2005 interview, Mario Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto revealed that he only gave Mr. Mario one background detail — a (disturbingly) young age. “[A]side from the fact that he’s about 24-25 years old, we didn’t define anything else,” said Miyamoto, not realizing that little detail changes everything we know about the potbellied plumber, who looks old enough that he didn’t just grow that mustache ironically for Movember. 

The implications of this age shift boggle the mind. Is it his youthful vigor that allows Mario to leap like that, and what made him give up his budding career as an Olympic high jumper to become a 24-year-old plumber? Or maybe those green pipes really wormholes that can alter time, aging him by (clearly) months every time he splooshes through one? And does this mean that 50-year-old Bob Hoskins from the hated Super Mario Bros. movie was supposed to be 24-years-old?

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“Eh yo, Luigi, let’s-a go listen to Billie Eilish and-a pay off our student debt loans.”

This also affects all the other ‘vaguely characterized’ Mario characters. Since Princess Peach is also only 20-odd years old, the Brooklyn pizza monster is supposed to be the dashing young hero who makes her swoon. (Peach used to reward Mario by inviting him in for cake, recontextualizing that now you know they’re both horny early twenty-somethings). More tragically, this means that Luigi, Mario’s twin, has out-out-Cobained Kurt Cobain by dying at the tender age of 24.

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Gone too soon — or just in time according to Nintendo’s marketing department.

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