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Boston Celtics legend Bill Russell's Hall of Fame ring is put up for auction

Bill Russell’s 1975 14-karat gold Hall of Fame ring sells after Boston Celtics legend’s death…and could cost up to $200,000

  • Several bids were placed before Friday’s deadline with the highest at $44k
  • The ring weighs 65 grams and is 14 carat gold with 1,625 carats of diamonds
  • Bill Russell was the first black player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame
  • He didn’t pick up his ring for 2019 because he felt other players deserved it more
  • The legendary number 6 passed away on July 31, winning 11 titles in 13 seasons with the Celtics

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Bill Russell’s 1975 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame ring has been auctioned and is expected to sell for more than $200,000 before bidding closes on Friday.

The ring, which the late Celtics legend received in 2019, has been put up for sale by SCP Auction since August. Several bids have been placed with the lowest at $30,000 and the highest at $43,923.

The ring weighs 65 grams and is made of 14-karat gold with 1,625 carts of diamonds, according to the SCP Auction list. Russell barely wore the piece and it also comes with a provenance letter signed by the man known as “Mr. 11 Rings.’

Russell was the first black NBA player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1975, but the number 6 of the Celtics preferred to skip his ceremonial introduction because he felt other players should have been inducted before him.

He is also a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame as a coach, leading the Celtics to back-to-back championships in 1968 and 1969, and is also a member of the FIBA ​​Hall of Fame and College Basketball Hall of Fame (inducted in 2006). ).

Bill Russell's Basketball Hall of Fame ring has been auctioned.  The estimated price ranges from $150,000 to $200,000, according to SCP Auctions

Bill Russell’s Basketball Hall of Fame ring has been auctioned. The estimated price ranges from $150,000 to $200,000, according to SCP Auctions

Russell poses for a photo with 11 of his championship rings won with the Boston Celtics in 1996

Russell poses for a photo with 11 of his championship rings won with the Boston Celtics in 1996

Russell poses for a photo with 11 of his championship rings won with the Boston Celtics in 1996

On July 31, Russell died at the age of 88 on Mercer Island in Washington. All 30 NBA teams decided to officially retire his number 6 to honor and honor his influence on basketball.

He is the first and only player in league history to have his jersey number discontinued throughout the league.

Described as the “greatest champion in all team sports,” Russell is the NBA’s most decorated player, winning 11 rings — nine as a player and two as a coach, all for the Celtics.

Compared to NBA championship rings, Hall of Fame rings are not often offered for sale due to their rarity.

Two of Russell’s championship rings – his first and his last in 1957 and 1969 – were auctioned in 2021. Lakers legend Shaquille O’Neal and ex-Rockets Charles Barkley expressed their desire to buy the prized asset.

“I’d love to take some of that stuff off their hands,” O’Neal said on TNT’s “Inside the NBA” last December. “Nobody is offering me any more to have all those eleven rings.”

Two of Russell's NBA rings were auctioned in 2021, as well as his last Celtics jersey in 1969

Two of Russell's NBA rings were auctioned in 2021, as well as his last Celtics jersey in 1969

Two of Russell’s NBA rings were auctioned in 2021, as well as his last Celtics jersey in 1969

NBA great Bill Russell died on July 31 at the age of 88.  He won 11 titles in 13 years with the Celtics

NBA great Bill Russell died on July 31 at the age of 88.  He won 11 titles in 13 years with the Celtics

NBA great Bill Russell died on July 31 at the age of 88. He won 11 titles in 13 years with the Celtics

The owner of the auction house that managed the sale of both of Russell’s rings, David Hunt, of Hunt Auctions, never fully disclosed whether O’Neal won the bidding for confidentiality reasons.

Before his death in 2021, Russell sold several items related to his basketball achievements, including a ring commemorating his two NCAA titles that he won with the University of San Francisco, a ring for the creation of the 50th anniversary team of the United States. NBA and a ring the league gave him for winning the most titles in professional team sports history.

Also on the block were his 1956 Melbourne Olympic gold medal, his last 1969 NBA Finals Celtics jersey, his honorary doctorate in law from Harvard — along with the cap and gown he wore to the ceremony — and a scrapbook page with a signed letter from Jackie Robinson thanks Russell and four Black teammates for refusing to play in a 1961 exhibit in secluded Kentucky.

Another player who has sold his Hall of Fame ring other than Russell is “Pistol” Pete Maravich’s in 2013 for over $88,000 at auction.

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