2Pac’s Ring sold For $1 Million Making it the Most Expensive Hip Hop Artifact

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A crown ring that belonged to 2Pac in 1996 sold for a seven-figure price during a Sotheby’s auction.

CBS News reported that the coveted jewelry sold for a handsome amount of money that surpassed Sotheby’s estimate of $200,000 to $300,000. This happened in Tuesday this week (July 25).

The purpose of doing the auction was to celebrate Hip Hop’s half a century existence. Other valuable items that were auctioned included 2Pac’s drum machine and RZA’s E-mu SP-1200 sampler that he utilized when making Wu-Tang Clan’s song Enter the Wutang, Fab 5 Freddy’s original sign when he was at the set of the show Yo!MTV Raps and a customized De La Soul Jacket that the late Trugoy the Dove owned.

An Act of Self Coronation

2Pac’s crown ring is made of diamonds, ruby and gold. He wore it when he was last seen in public at the MTV Video Music Awards of 1996. Not long after that, he was shot dead when he was only 25 years old. The words “Pac & Dada 1996” are engraved on the ring. He was engaged to Kidada Jones at the time of his death.

The auction house stated that the legendary rapper created the ring’s design shortly after he was released from jail. Tupac told his manager and godmother, Yaasmyn Fula Fula, the ring was “an act of self-coronation” and it symbolized the next stage of his music career.

According to the listing, “Sitting atop a diamond-encrusted gold band is the ‘crown’ itself: a gold circlet studded with the three largest jewels in the entire piece—a central cabochon ruby, flanked by two pavé-cut diamonds,”

“Tupac’s selection of the ruby as the principal stone in his crown is a continuation of this royal narrative, as rubies have long been symbolically tied to the imagery of monarchy and wealth in our cultural imagination.”

2Pac’s Case Was Reopened

Besides this posthumous achievement, his murder investigation was reopened last week. The Las Vegas police processed a search warrant on a household that was linked to his demise. The house belongs to the wife of the suspected killer’s uncle. Orlando Anderson is the alleged killer and his uncle is Duane “Keefe D” Davis.

When the police searched the house, they found 40. Caliber bullets that they took for analysis and book manuscripts, magazine articles, photos, hard drives and laptops.

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Written by: Jessica Sommerfield

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