Super Bowl rings have come up for auction many times before, but it’s rare when a Hall of Fame player’s ring is the one being sold.
Lawrence Taylor’s New York Giants Super Bowl XXV ring is a part of SCP Auctions’ spring auction. The ring has received 21 bids with the current bid at $89,596–roughly double what it was early Thursday morning after the sale received mainstream media attention. With the buyer’s premium figured in, the ring has already realized more than $100,000.
The auction ends on Saturday.
Taylor gave the ring to his son who decided to sell it, according to FoxSports.com, which reported that LT’s agent was fine with that.
Current Giants’ defensive lineman Osi Umenyiora has offered to buy the ring and give it back if he could reach 500,000 Twitter followers by 10 p.m. Saturday. A relative newcomer, Umenyiora had fewer than 50,000 as of early Saturday evening. When a Twitter follower asked why he wouldn’t just buy the ring, Umenyiora wrote back, “Honestly, because i dont know him. If im going to spend that kind of money, it will be because people love him and show it”.
Last year, former Raiders’ punter Ray Guy put three of his Super Bowl rings on the auction block and they sold for over $96,000 combined.
Arguably the most significant Super Bowl player ring ever offered publicly, it features two football shaped diamonds on the face surrounded by worn blue enameling framed by seventeen smaller diamonds. Design elements include the name “TAYLOR” on the left shank above a Giants helmet and his number “56”. Engraved on the interior band in the full name “LAWRENCE TAYLOR”. The ring shows considerable wear, meaning LT apparently wore it quite a bit.
Held at Tampa Stadium in Tampa, Florida, on January 27, 1991, at the height of the Gulf War, the game was played under much patriotic fervor. The proceedings included a rousing pre-game rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” by Whitney Houston. The Giants held on for a 20-19 win over the Buffalo Bills after the famous “wide right” field goal attempt by Scott Norwood.
Taylor owns a ring from Super Bowl XXI, when the Giants beat the Denver Broncos, 39-20 at the Rose Bowl in January of 1987.
The ring includes a notarized letter of authenticity from Taylor.
There’s no word why he’s selling.
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