More than two decades after his murder in Las Vegas, the legend of Tupac Shakur remains in the spotlight. This time, a 1996 Hummer the rapper purchased less than a month before his death is up for auction beginning August 10.
The fully loaded vehicle was customized by Shakur and is equipped with a 6.5 liter, turbo diesel V-8 engine with automatic transmission. The odometer reads 10,101 miles.
The sale of the Hummer will be part of The Pop Culture auction from RR Auction in Boston that will continue through August 17.
Tupac’s Hummer previously sold in May 2016 to a qualified bidder from Ohio for $337,000. After several attempts to collect payment — the winning bidder defaulted on payment and the Hummer is being re-listed with an estimate of $100,000.
The hardtop body features 38″ Dick Cepek off-road lights, a 360-degree spotlight, a grille guard, diamond-plate bumpers, GC Package oversized off-road wheels and tires, and an external PA system with three sirens.
Additionally, the area over the rear driver side fender bears in white lettering, “Eliminator.” The interior is trimmed in burl wood with beige leather upholstery and provides a 12-disc Clarion sound system, Sony GPS, a central tire inflation system, air conditioning, rear sliding glass window, privacy glass, full power options, and a 12,000-pound winch. The vehicle identification number reads: 137ZA8332TE170007.
Included with the vehicle: a license plate, “YAKNPAK,” honoring Shakur and late rapper Yaki ‘Prince’ Kadafi; and promotional cassettes for Michael Jackson’s Thriller and 2Pac’s All Eyez on Me.
Accompanied by two copies of the vehicle’s registration information, listing Shakur as the original owner of the vehicle. There’s also a copy of the affidavit for transfer, stating that “Tupac A. Shakur, the owner of the above-described vehicle or vessel died on September 13, 1996, in Las Vegas, Nevada.” Afeni Shakur, the artist’s mother, is listed as the property successor.
Shakur purchased the vehicle on August 16, 1996, a little less than a month before his death. The Hummer was held in storage until it was won in a 2003 raffle organized by BET in the ‘Picture Me Rollin’’ sweepstakes.
The Hummer was then purchased in 2007 by Havenotz Entertainment owners Sardar ‘Candyman 187’ Khan and Yaasmyn Fula. The latter is the mother of the Kadafi, a ‘godbrother’ of Shakur who lost his own life two months after his friend and fellow Outlawz rapper. The pair drove the Hummer often, cruising Los Angeles on late summer nights after time spent in the studio.
“Already a classic and coveted example of civilian off-road ingenuity, this modified vehicle is further elevated by its incredible musical affiliation and proximity to Shakur’s final days,” said Bobby Livingston, Executive VP at RR Auction.
Details of the Hummer, other pop culture item for auction and online bidding details are available on the website: www.rrauction.com.