Drake buys Tupak Shakur’s ruby and diamond crown ring for $1M

A ring fit for a king.

Drake just coughed up $1.01 million to own a massive gold, ruby and diamond crown ring created and worn by the late Tupac Shakur.

The “God’s Plan” rapper, 36, took to his Instagram Story Friday to show off the bling while promoting his new song with Travis Scott, “Meltdown.”

He followed up the snap with a photo of the late Princess Diana.

The bauble — which Shakur wore during his final public appearance at the 1996 MTV Video Music Awards — was on offer this week at Sotheby’s by Yaasmyn Fula, the “All Eyez on Me” hitmaker’s godmother/”auntie” and trusted advisor.


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Drake bought Tupak Shakur’s gold, ruby and diamond crown ring for just over $1 million.
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Shakur wore the ring during his final public appearance at the 1996 MTV Video Music Awards.
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Shakur died in a September 1996 drive-by shooting in Las Vegas.
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Sitting atop a diamond-encrusted gold band is a gold circlet studded with the three largest jewels in the entire piece — a central cabochon ruby flanked by two pavé-cut diamonds.

On the outer, palm-facing side of the band is an inscription that reads “Pac & Dada 1996,” referencing Shakur and his then-new fiancée, Kidada Jones.

The hip-hop icon proudly wore the accessory on his left ring finger.


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Drake took to his Instagram Story Friday to show off his new bling.
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Fula told Sotheby’s that Shakur worked with New York jewelers to create the piece to commemorate his signing with Death Row Records.

He apparently modeled his design after the crowns worn by Europe’s medieval kings as “an act of self-coronation.”

The ring — which sold at more than triple its $300,000 high estimate — marks one of the most valuable hip-hop

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Tupac Shakur’s self-designed ring fetches over $1 million at auction

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Tupac Shakur’s self-designed ring fetches over $1 million at auction

Late rapper Tupac Shakur’s gold, ruby and diamond crown ring fetched more than $1 million on Tuesday, becoming the most valuable hip-hop artifact ever sold at auction, according to Sotheby’s.The ring, which was designed by Shakur and worn during his last ever public appearance at the 1996 Video Music Awards (VMAs), went for more than three times the auction house’s estimate at a hip-hop-themed sale in New York.Inscribed with “Pac & Dada 1996,” a reference to his engagement to actress and model Kidada Jones (daughter of American record producer Quincy Jones),

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Tupac Shakur’s Crown Ring Sells at Sotheby’s Auction for $1.02 Million

  • Tupac Shakur’s crown ring was sold at auction for $1.02 million, Sotheby’s announced Tuesday.
  • The gold ring, encrusted with rubies and diamonds, features a reference to his fiance Kidada Jones.
  • Yaasmyn Fula, the artist’s godmother, offered the ring for auction.

Tupac Shakur’s custom crown-shaped ring, which he wore shortly before he died, sold for nearly $1.02 million Tuesday, becoming the most valuable hip-hop artifact ever sold at auction.

Sotheby’s in New York sold the ring as part of a large sale of hip-hop artifacts, including autographed letters from Shakur and a demo tape for his single “Trapped,” per a press release from the auction house. Prior to auction, the ring was estimated to sell between $200,000 to $300,000.

The lots, meant to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the musical genre, also included memorabilia from many other memorable names — Mos Def, De La Soul, and Wu-Tang Clan, to name a few. 

The 14-Karat gold ring, encrusted with diamonds and rubies, features an inscription on the side that reads “Pac & Dada 1996” — a reference to his engagement to actress Kidada Jones.

According to the press release, Yaasmyn Fula, the artist’s godmother, offered the ring for auction, telling Sotheby’s it was custom designed by Pac and assembled by jewelers in New York City following his months behind bars and his newly signed deal with Death Row Records. 

“Reflecting his recent affinity for Niccolo Machiavelli’s political manifesto ‘The Prince’ (Tupac would start going by “Makaveli” after reading The Prince while incarcerated), Tupac modeled his design after the crowns of the medieval kings of Europe in ‘an act of self-coronation,’ according to Fula, a celebration of

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