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Jay-Z auction hints that new album could be on the way

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Jay-Z is auctioning off a rare piece of memorabilia that suggests he could be gearing up to release a new album.

On Wednesday, it was revealed by People that Jay and the Brooklyn Public Library have put up for auction a one-of-a-kind trophy case as part of the library's "The Book of HOV" exhibit celebrating the rapper's career.

A Pinel et Pinel black leather case signed by Jay himself, the trophy case includes 13 unique metal library cards – one for each of the star's 13 studio albums.

There is, however, 14 slots for the cards, the last of which sits next to Jay's most recent album, 2017's "4:44," and is empty.

The case's empty slot has resulted in fans speculating about a 14th studio album.

"The Book of HOV better be the name of the new album also, not just an exhibit," wrote one fan on X, the platform previously known as Twitter.

Another wrote: "Almost album time!!!"

During an interview with CBS Mornings host Gayle King last month, Jay addressed the possibility of him releasing new music.

“I’ll say I wanna make music, but it has to be something important," he told King.

“I don’t wanna just make a bunch of tunes. That’s not gonna serve me," Jay added. "It won’t feed me, first of all. I have to be saying something important. It has to mean something, you know? It has to mean something to a larger society.”

Jay's trophy case is currently on display at the Christie’s Rockefeller Center galleries.

As of Thursday, there has been 55 bids on the item, the highest of which sits at $24,000.

The auction closes on December 5 and all proceeds will go directly to the Brooklyn Public Library.



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