Tupac Shakur’s expensive crown ring! A gold, ruby, and diamond crown ring that Tupac Shakur wore during his last public appearance sold for more than $1 million at auction. More than triple its $300,000 high estimate. Shakur in 1996 designed and wore it on the left-hand ring finger at his MTV Video Music Awards performance that year.
It sold at Sotheby’s New York as part of a hip-hop sale that featured art, historic studio equipment, sneakers, and jackets. Fula was Shakur’s godmother, advisor, money manager, and caretaker. Fula worked with the rapper on designing the ring over several months.
She told Sotheby’s that they designed the crowns of the medieval kings of Europe. As well as Niccolo Machiavelli’s political treatise The Prince, which the musician read while in prison and from which he adopted his alias of Makaveli. She said it was an act of self-coronation to celebrate the survival of a difficult year.
Shakur wore the ring at his MTV Video Music Awards performance on September 4, 1996. In a statement, Fula said she was proud to have offered the ring at auction. It marks the first time that such an item has sold for more than a million dollars at auction.
She added that as the daughter of the late rap legend Mutulu and Afeni Shakur, it fills her with pride to represent their family’s legacy and the legacy of Hip Hop. During the same sale, a red Ferrari that the rapper once owned fetched $184,000, setting a new record for the most expensive car ever auctioned collector from the United Arab Emirates purchased the vehicle. It had been on display at the Hills Auction House.
The auction included a number of other vehicles from the rapper’s collection. They included the red BMW M5 that he used to transport himself and other celebrities, including Michael Jackson, and a yellow Lamborghini Diablo. The cars were sold at auction by the estate of Shakur’s former manager, Tom Henderson.