HomeEntertainmentDrake Acquires Tupac's Iconic $1 Million Crown Ring at Sotheby's Auction

Drake Acquires Tupac’s Iconic $1 Million Crown Ring at Sotheby’s Auction

In a recent Sotheby’s auction celebrating 50 years of hip-hop culture, Drake emerged as the proud owner of Tupac’s legendary crown ring from 1996, shattering records as the most valuable hip-hop artifact ever sold. The ring was purchased for an astonishing $1 million, far exceeding the pre-sale estimates of $200,000 to $300,000.

The auction featured a range of rare and cherished items from hip-hop’s history. Alongside Tupac’s crown ring, the event 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.

Tupac Shakur in 1994

Tupac’s crown ring held immense sentimental value for the artist. He wore it during his final public appearance at the 1996 MTV Video Music Awards, just 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.

The ring, crafted from gold, rubies, and diamonds, was conceived by Tupac as a form of self-coronation, symbolizing the next chapter in his illustrious career. Adorned with a central cabochon ruby flanked by two pavé-cut diamonds, the “crown” itself atop the diamond-encrusted gold band further echoed the narrative of royalty and prosperity.

While the auction celebrated the significance of hip-hop culture, the hip-hop community was also taken aback by developments in Tupac’s murder investigation. Nearly three decades later, 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 Tupac.

During the search, police discovered various 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 Tupac’s tragic shooting on the night of September 7, 1996, following a dispute between the rapper and Anderson.

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