- The letter is being offered for sale on a web site
- The seller claims to be a former classmate of the rapper
That's the price for an alleged love letter from the rapper being offered for sale on the site Moments In Time.
Billed as the "Earliest Known Letter of Tupac Shakur," it is addressed to "Beethoven" -- someone the author predicts will be a close friend.
"As you will soon find out, I do not spare words, I say what I feel," the letter says. "So if something I say scares you, please don't panic because I tend to get over emotional."
Filled with doodles and signed "4Eternity Tupac Shakur," the letter was supposedly written when the then-teenaged rapper was a high school student in California.
An accompanying letter from the unidentified seller explains that the pair met in school as bonded over feeling like outsiders as Tupac was one of "the only black kids in drama" and the seller was white and living next to the mostly black area of Marin City, California.
"We used to sit together after school and commiserate about our unrequited love, as we waited for my mother to pick me up for my piano lessons," the seller writes. "That is how he came up with his nickname for me. For awhile there, we felt like lost souls who had found a kindred spirit in each other."
Shakur eventually left school and went on to find fame in hip hop and acting. He was shot to death in 1996 in Las Vegas. His murder has never been solved.
The seller writes of not knowing the Shakur who became an international star known as much for his scrapes with the law as his art.
"I didn't know that man who tattooed "Thug Life" on his chest and was gunned down on a Las Vegas Street," the seller's letter says. "I never really cared for the music he recorded -- it was nothing like those freestyles I remember in front of our school. I knew the kid who made me understand Shakespeare and who didn't care that he dressed different or wore his hair different."