Tupac Shakur’s Custom Gold, Ruby And Diamond Ring Sold For More Than $1m

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Following bids that exceeded $1 million, Tupac Shakur’s ring has become “the most valuable hip-hop artefact ever sold at auction.”

Just a week before he was fatally shot, the “California Love” hitmaker wore the custom gold, ruby, and diamond crown piece during his final public appearance at the 1996 MTV Video Music Awards. It has since sold for an astounding $1,016,000, far exceeding the $300,000 estimate.

In a statement, Cassandra Hatton, Global Head of Science and Popular Culture at Sotheby’s, said:“This one-of-a-kind, custom ring was meticulously designed by Pac and is among the final products of his boundless creative energy — a unique artefact from a period of time that is a testament to his enduring influence on hip hop.”

‘Pac and Dada, 1996’ is etched on the rapper’s custom-made engagement ring, a reference to his romance with Kidada Jones. According to Sotheby’s, the rapper was inspired by The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli, a political treatise.

Despite the ‘Hung Up’ singer’s attempts to stop Gotta Have Rock and Roll auctioneers from selling the message, Tupac’s break-up letter to Madonna, which he composed in January 1995 while incarcerated, was auctioned off in 2019.

The ‘Poetic Justice’ actor wrote in part: “For you to be seen with a black man wouldn’t in any way jeopardize your career, if anything it would make you seem that much more open and exciting.

“But for me at least in my previous perception I felt due to my ‘image’ I would be letting down half of the people who made me what I thought I was.”

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