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2Pac’s Crown Ring Achieves Record-Breaking Sale of $1 Million at Sotheby’s Auction

2Pac’s iconic crown ring from 1996 has shattered records to become the most valuable hip-hop artifact ever sold at auction. The legendary piece of jewelry was purchased for a staggering $1 million at a recent Sotheby’s auction, far surpassing the pre-sale estimates of $200,000 to $300,000.

The auction, which marked 50 years of hip-hop culture, featured an array of rare and cherished items. Alongside 2Pac’s crown ring, the event also showcased RZA’s E-mu SP-1200 sampler and drum machine, instrumental in producing Wu-Tang Clan’s iconic album “Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers).” Additionally, a custom-made De La Soul jacket once belonging to the late Trugoy the Dove and Fab 5 Freddy’s original sign from the set of “Yo! MTV Raps” were among the prized collectibles up for auction.

The crown ring, a symbol of regal artistry, held profound sentimental value for 2Pac. The artist wore it during his final public appearance at the 1996 MTV Video Music Awards, shortly before his untimely death at the age of 25. The ring bore an inscription that read “Pac & Dada 1996,” commemorating his engagement to sweetheart Kidada Jones.

Crafted from gold, rubies, and diamonds, the ring was conceptualized by 2Pac as a form of self-coronation, symbolizing the next chapter in his illustrious career. Atop the diamond-encrusted gold band sat the majestic “crown” itself, a gold circlet adorned with a central cabochon ruby flanked by two pavé-cut diamonds. The use of a ruby as the principal stone further echoed the narrative of royalty and prosperity deeply rooted in our cultural imagination.

While the auction and the crowning sale of 2Pac’s ring were momentous occasions, the hip-hop community was also surprised by unexpected developments in the rapper’s murder investigation. After nearly three decades, Las Vegas police reignited the investigation, executing a search warrant at a property belonging to Paula Clemons, the wife of Duane “Keefe D” Davis, uncle to Orlando Anderson, the alleged killer of 2Pac.

During the search, police uncovered a cache of items, including laptops, hard drives, photos, magazine articles, book manuscripts, and several .40 caliber bullets. Forensic tests will determine if these bullets are linked to 2Pac’s tragic shooting, which occurred on the night of September 7, 1996, following a dispute between the rapper and Anderson.

In interviews and his book “Compton Street Legend,” Keefe D revealed details surrounding 2Pac’s murder, admitting to being in the car with Anderson and two others that fateful night. He disclosed handing the gun to his nephew, painting a vivid picture of the events leading to the rapper’s untimely demise.

Amidst the investigation and auction triumph, 2Pac’s legacy continues to thrive. Fans around the world celebrate his profound impact on hip-hop, ensuring that his artistry and influence will forever remain alive and cherished.

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