Jay-Z’s Brooklyn Public Library Cards Sell at Auction for $126,000December 7, 2023
Jay-Z’s Brooklyn Public Library exhibition has closed but continues to support the nonprofit institution. The auction of rare memorabilia held in conjunction with the closing of the exhibition has raised over six figures. Jay-Z’s Roc Nation entertainment company partnered with Christie’s to auction off a set of 14 unique metal library cards featuring artwork from his 13 solo albums. An autographed Pinel et Pinel black leather case filled with the cards, as well as a “Book of HOV” bookmark, was sold for $126,000. The auction opened on Nov. 29 and closed the day after the exhibit wrapped at the Brooklyn Public Library’s Central branch. All proceeds from the auction will benefit the library system’s programs and efforts. The exhibition attracted over 600,000 visitors and led to a 553% increase in new library card registrations at the Central branch. Brooklyn Public Library chief Linda Johnson expressed gratitude for the continued support and generosity of Roc Nation and Jay-Z fans.