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Boston’s RR Auction is gearing up for its Pop Culture auction, and the roster of goods up for grabs belonged to celebs including the late music legends Prince and Tupac Shakur, as well as comedian Stephen Colbert and pop icon Britney Spears.

Starting Aug. 10 and through Aug. 17, you can throw down cash for hot-ticket items, starting with Tupac’s personal Hummer H1.

This beast of a car is back on the market after a previous bidder defaulted on payment. The late rapper’s vehicle — purchased on Aug. 16, 1996, less than a month before he was fatally shot in Las Vegas — was customized with features you could only expect from a true OG, like a 360-degree spotlight, diamond-plate bumpers and an external PA system with three sirens. It’s a surefire way to have all eyes on you.

With the Hummer, the highest bidder will also get two copies of its registration, which lists Tupac as the original owner, as well as a copy of the affidavit for transfer that reads, “Tupac A. Shakur, the owner of the above described vehicle or vessel died on September 13, 1996 in Las Vegas, Nevada,” and lists his mother, Afeni Shakur, as the vehicle’s successor.

If you prefer Prince over Tupac, you can also snag a page of unpublished, unused lyrics handwritten by the symbolic — ahem — artist himself. Because the lyrics are scrawled out in Prince’s hand, you can see where he nixed several words, making revisions or crossing them out altogether.

Another item in RR’s Pop Culture auction: Britney’s green umbrella from her infamous meltdown in 2007. With a shaved head, Spears used the umbrella to take swings at a paparazzo’s car. Ah, the glory days of celebrity gossip!

Besides all of the musician memorabilia, RR Auction is also putting the desk where Colbert interviewed guests for three seasons of his late-night, satirical news show, “The Colbert Report.”

The desk, an espresso brown table from Crate & Barrel boasting marks made by Colbert, was used between January 2010 and December 2012. During that time, more than 400 guests — including Elon Musk, Charlize Theron and Tom Hanks — sat opposite Colbert at the table.

The lucky somebody who lands the desk will also get a four-page list of all of the guests who sat there. On the last page, you’ll find the signature: “It’s all true! Stephen Colbert.”

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