A ring worn by Tupac Shakur in his final public appearance before his death has sold for $1,000,000 at auction. Hosted by Sotheby’s, the auction was commemorating the 50th anniversary of the inception of hip-hop music. Shakur’s godmother Yaasmyn Fula contributed the ring to the New York auction.
Shakur designed the ring himself in 1996 to celebrate a newly-inked record deal with Death Row Records. He wore it the same year to the MTV Video Music Awards, the last time he was seen by the public prior to falling victim to a fatal shooting.
The jewel-studded ring bears the inscription “Pac & Dada 1996,” referencing his engagement to Kidada Jones, the daughter of Quincy Jones and Peggy Lipton.
While the ring was predicted by Sotheby’s to go for $300,000 USD, it wound up far exceeding expectations with its $1,000,000 bid. The identity of the buyer behind the purchase was not made public.
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