Tupac Shakur's self-designed ring becomes most valuable hip-hop artifact sold at auction
A gold, ruby and diamond crown ring designed by the late rap legend Tupac Shakur soared at auction at Sotheby's this week to $1,016,000, making it the most valuable hip-hop artifact ever sold at auction.
The piece, worn during Tupac's final public appearance at the MTV Video Music Awards in 1996, set off a fierce bidding battle and achieved more than triple its $300,000 high estimate.
The ring was on offer from Yaasmyn Fula, the artist’s godmother. It included an inscription, "Pac & Dada 1996," engraved on the band and referring to his engagement to girlfriend Kidada Jones.