Lawrence Taylor auctions off Super Bowl XXV ring
The 51-year-old Pro Football Hall of Famer is parting with his Super Bowl XXV ring. According to SCP Auctions’ website, the ring is given description to in a very blunt but earnest manner with multiple angle shots of the ring.
The announcement of the ring was badly managed as the auction was bought to public notice only a day after the New York Giants received their Super Bowl XLVI championship rings at a private award ceremony held at Tiffany & Co. Manhattan.
It was probably the auctioneer’s intention to draw some attention towards Lawrence Taylor’s Super Bowl Ring from the hype already surrounding the New York Giants’ Super Bowl XLVI rings. They might have anticipated a boost in bidding amount due to the increased interest in Super Bowl championship rings. Nevertheless, the move has been largely met with criticism.
The website depicts Lawrence Taylor’s prized souvenir as “arguably the most significant Superbowl player ring”. The ring is set with 17 diamonds, plus two additional comparatively bigger stones that replicate footballs. The total estimate of all the diamonds is above 1.5 carats.
The background is covered in a splash of blue enamel that has seen better brighter days. The inner side of the band of the ring is carved in Taylor Lawrence’s name. The ring also displays a New York Giants’ helmet with Lawrence Taylor’s number on it. A bold “TAYLOR” is imprinted on the “left shank” of the ring.
Estimated value of the ring is $75,000-$100,000. Although the bidding started-off with just $10,000, Taylor Lawrence will be hopeful that it hits the mark because the bidding was already going at $37,982 with just the first 12 bids placed. The auction on the Super Bowl ring will end on Saturday.
The troubled 13-year NFL veteran has offered no explanation as to why such a prized possession is being sold. The Auction House hasn’t satisfied public curiosity either. The spokesman of SCP Auction simply stated in an email that Lawrence Taylor was “just ready to sell.”
The lack of a public wide response indicates that the takings from the auction of the ring might be for personal use.
The 10 time Pro Bowl selection retired from the New York Giants in 1993, with the franchise being his last NFL team. It was not long after that disturbing stories started surfacing which included legal and financial problems. Just the previous year, Lawrence Taylor pleaded guilty to two counts of misconduct for having sex with a minor prostitute. Lawrence Taylor has also faced drug abuse problem and has been a familiar face at drug-rehabilitation centers.
Lawrence Taylor has earned a total two Super Bowl rings. While Lawrence Taylor is selling the Super Bowl XXV ring which he earned with the New York Giants in a 20-19 match against the Buffalo Bills on Jan. 27, 1991; he still plans to hold on to his first Super XXI Bowl ring.