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Tupac Shakur jail lyrics manuscript to go under the hammer

Lyrics written in jail by the late Tupac Shakur are due to go up for auction, with an estimated value of between £30,000-£50,000.

The documents are the originals penned by the late rapper during a jail stint and form part of Sotheby's upcoming Rock & Pop exhibition sale.

"Ambitionz Az A Ridah" is the opener for his famous All Eyez On Me album, which also saw him team up with Dr Dre and Death Row Records.

It was recorded immediately after his release from jail in October 1995.

Released four months later, it went on to sell more than a half-a-million copies in its first week of release alone.

It has gained critical success, with the likes of Rolling Stone magazine including it in their essential recordings of the '90s.

Seven months later, in September 1996, Shakur was killed in Las Vegas.

"We are delighted to have this item in our sale, it's a really unusual item," said Gabriel Heaton, Sotheby's specialist in books and manuscripts.

"It is the most significant ma nuscript item that has come to market.

"He (Tupac) is a fixture of enormous popularity and great cultural significance, so we are confident there'll be a lot of interest."

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