A gold, ruby and diamond crown ring worn by rap legend Tupac Shakur during his last public appearance sold for $1 million at auction in the city of New York Tuesday evening.
It was gathered that the winning bid was well above Sotheby’s pre-sale estimate of between $200,000 and $300,000 and becomes the most valuable hip-hop artefact ever sold, the auction house confirmed.
The New York-born rapper wore the ring during his final public appearance at the MTV Video Music Awards on September 4, 1996.
Recall that he was shot dead by an unidentified assailant in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas just days later on the 23rd of September. He was aged 25.
Shakur, whose hits included ‘California Love,’ designed the ring over the course of a few months, Sotheby’s said.
He did so through his godmother Yaasmyn Fula, who put the ring up for sale.