An emotional letter penned by the late rapper Tupac Shakur is going up for sale by autograph auctioneer Moments in Time. The letter, four pages written by Shakur while incarcerated at New York’s Clinton Correctional Facility in 1995, will be up for auction for $225,000. The letter is written to Nina Bhadreshwar, editor at Uncut magazine and an employee at Shakur’s record label, Death Row Records.
“I am not granting this information to any other publication, not even Time & Rolling Stone so please represent it as it is layed,” Shakur wrote to Bhadreshwar. “I trust u.” The rest of the letter offers advice to America’s young black men as well as meditations about “Thug Life,” the phrase tattooed across his chest, and what it really meant—and if it provided a life worth living.
Shakur wrote the letter while imprisoned for sexual assault of a fan. “A Boss Playa is a thinker, a leader, a builder, a moneymaker, a souljah, a teacher and most of all a Man!” he writes. By this time, he had already been arrested 6 times since 1993 and survived a shootout in which he was shot 5 times.
Shakur was shot and killed leaving a boxing match in 1996.
This is not the first time Tupac’s personal literature has gone up for sale. In March of this year, some of his never-before-seen writings from the same prison sentence. Handwritten letters and pictures sold for $59,625 at a Bonhams auction, more than the $42,000 estimate.
Desiree Smith, one of Shakur’s closest friends, received many of the letters, which included plans to divorce his wife, Keisha Morris. In another, he authorized David Kenner, lawyer for Death Row Records, to negotiate on his behalf.
The highest-fetching letter from that collection sold for $15,000 over the original estimate.
View the listing for Shakur’s letter here.