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BA DA "BLING": Hip Hop's Crown Jewels Go Up For Auction

Above: Missy Elliot's diamond clad turntable ring will be auctioned.

Phillips de Pury & Company Presents “Hip Hop’s Crown Jewels”, the First Auction of Historic Hip Hop Jewelry, Pioneering a New Collecting Category. Includes Iconic Cultural Artifacts Worn by Some of the 20th Century’s Most Influential Musical Artists.

Above two images courtesy of Interview magazine

A historic selection of 70 jewelry pieces from some of Hip Hop's most illustrious musicians, rappers and jewelers will be offered, including those worn by:

50 Cent
Alicia Keys
Biggie Smalls aka Notorious B.I.G.
Biz Markie
Busta Rhymes
Damon Dash
P. Diddy
Freekey Zekey
Gnarls Barkley
Ja Rule
Jerome James
Lil Jon
LL Cool J
Mary J. Blige
MC Lyte
Missy Elliott
Pharrell Williams
Remy Ma
Slick Rick
Swizz Beatz
Tupac Shakur
Yaki Kadafi

A Portion of Proceeds to Benefit 3 Nonprofits within Russell Simmons’ Rush Community Affairs; Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, Diamond Empowerment, Hip Hop Summit Action Network,

Other specific proceeds include:
All lots worn by Eminem will benefit The Marshall Mathers Foundation.
50 Cent's Haimov Watch proceeds will benefit the G-Unity Foundation.
Proceeds from Tupac's Crown ring, Mob ring (shown here) and Diamond and sapphire necklace will go to the Tupac Shakur Amaru Foundation.

Highlights from the auction (some of which are shown below) include Slick Rick's diamond studded eye patch, Lil Jon's "Crunk Ain't Dead" diamond pendant and necklace, Tupac Shakur's Mob ring, his Crown ring and more, MC Lyte's Nefertiti Ring and Nefertiti Necklace, Missy Elliot's Diamond Turntable Ring, 50 Cent's Diamond Haimov watch and much, much more ice.

The auction will be held on Wednesday 1 October 7pm at 450 West 15th Street, New York, NY 10011 and viewing will be from the 22nd through the 30th of September, 10am - 6pm.

Enquiries: Alia Varsano, Worldwide Head of Contemporary Jewelry +1 212 940 1293

Catalogues available at
London +44 20 7318 4039 New York +1 212 940 1240

To reserve tickets for the auction:
+1 212 940 1365
or email:

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