The ring given to Bill Russell for his 1975 induction into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame is up for auction.
SCP Auctions estimated the ring's value at $150,000 to $250,000.
Russell refused to accept his Hall of Fame ring for more than 40 years because he did not feel it was appropriate for him to be the first Black inductee. He held a private ceremony with family and close friends in 2019 to finally accept the ring.
In a private ceremony w/my wife & close friends A.Mourning <a href="https://twitter.com/AnnMeyers?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@AnnMeyers</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/BillWalton?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@billwalton</a> & others I accepted my <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/HOF?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#HOF</a> ring. In ‘75 I refused being the 1st black player to go into the <a href="https://twitter.com/Hoophall?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Hoophall</a> I felt others before me should have that honor. Good to see progress; ChuckCooperHOF19 <a href="https://twitter.com/NBA?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@NBA</a> <a href="https://t.co/2FI5U7ThTg">pic.twitter.com/2FI5U7ThTg</a>
After winning nine rings as a player, Russell became the Celtics' player-coach for his final two NBA seasons and added another pair of championships. He was the first Black coach in NBA history and remains the record holder for the most titles for an NBA player (11).
A pioneer on and off the court, Russell died in July at age 88. The NBA announced plans to retire his No. 6 across the league last month.