This captivating ring, once adorned by Tupac during his last public appearance, found a new home when Drake made the purchase.
Drake has added a spark to the hip-hop world by purchasing the legendary Tupac Shakur’s iconic ring.
For a jaw-dropping US$1 million, the ring found a new home with Drake.
The late rap icon, Tupac, adorned the dazzling gold, ruby, and diamond ring during his final public appearance at the MTV Video Music Awards on September 4, 1996.
Tragically, just three days later, he fell victim to a fatal drive-by shooting in Las Vegas, leaving the music industry mourning his loss at the tender age of 25.
Priceless Gem in the Hip-Hop Realm
Sotheby’s, the auction house, initially estimated the ring’s value to be between US$200,000 and US$300,000.
However, the enthusiastic bidding frenzy pushed the final price to make it “the most valuable hip-hop artifact ever sold.”
Interestingly, this exquisite piece of art was inspired by 16th-century Italian philosopher Niccolo Machiavelli.
This is revealed by Tupac’s godmother and “money manager” Yaasmyn Fula, who graciously put the item up for auction.
The ring’s design, crafted by unidentified New York jewelers, boasts a central cabochon ruby, flanked by two pavé-cut diamonds atop a diamond-encrusted gold band with the touching engraving “Pac & Dada 1996.”
At that time, Tupac was romantically involved with fashion designer Kidada Jones, the daughter of renowned producer Quincy Jones.
The ring is not just a luxurious accessory but also a testament to Tupac’s boundless creative energy.
It symbolizes an era that continues to influence hip-hop even today, showcasing his enduring legacy in the industry.
As for Drake, he has a history of celebrating hip-hop legends through their jewelry.
In his music video for “Jumbotron Shit Poppin,” he flaunted several pieces previously owned by Pharrell Williams, including a stunning 14-karat, three-tone N.E.R.D. pendant chain.
It’s evident that Drake has a deep appreciation for the rich history and cultural significance of these iconic items.
With this purchase, Drake not only adds to his remarkable collection but also preserves a valuable piece of hip-hop history, cherishing Tupac Shakur’s memory and influence for years to come.
Banner photo via Instagram @champagnepapi.