2Pac's Ring Worn During Last Public Appearance Sold for $1 Million at Auction

The ring was initially believed to have sold for $300,000 before going for over triple that amount.

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2Pac has once again made headlines after the custom-made ring he wore during his last public appearance sold for over $1 million at a Sotheby's auction.

On Monday, Sotheby's New York announced Pac's ring had sold for $1,016,000, an incredible price given the $300,000 estimate that officials believed it would've initially sold for. The $1 million price tag has made 2Pac's ring one of the most valuable hip-hop artifacts ever sold at an auction.

"This one-of-a-kind, custom ring was meticulously designed by Pac and is among the final products of his boundless creative energy — a unique artifact from a period of time that is a testament to his enduring influence on hip-hop," said Cassandra Hatton, Sotheby's Global Head of Science and Popular Culture.

In 1996, the All Eyez on Me rapper designed and commissioned the ring and wore it during his final public appearance at the MTV Video Music Awards that year. The ring features a crown situated on top of the band and covered in diamonds and the phrase "Pac & Dada, 1996" is engraved on the ring band, a tribute to his relationship with Quincy Jones' daughter Kidada Jones at the time.

According to People, Pac drew inspiration for the ring from the crowns of medieval kings of Europe. 2Pac's godmother, Yaasmyn Fula, gave the ring up for auction. 

This isn't the first time Tupac's personal belongings have sold on the auction block. In 2018, his breakup letter to Madonna hit an auction with a bidding starting price of $100,000. Several other letters and photos from the rapper's 1995 prison term have also been sold on the auction block. 

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