Patriots owner Kraft's Super Bowl ring sells for $1.025 million

A New England Patriots Super Bowl LI ring created after the 34-28 win over the Atlanta Falcons in 2017 is seen at the Super Bowl Rings exhibit in Indianapolis

Dozens of fans sought the diamond-encrusted piece of National Football League history, which commemorates the Patriots' 34-28 come-from-behind victory over the Atlanta Falcons in Houston on February 5, 2017.

"We're gonna have a good time as I give you this ring, show you around and maybe have a bite or two", Kraft said when discussing the auction.

Offered at a starting bid of $75,000, the 5.1-carat ring ultimately sold for $1.025 million, following 35 total bids over 12 days. It also has "We Are All Patriots 2-3-02" and "Greatest Comeback Ever" inscribed.

The victor, whose identity was not disclosed, will be flown to Boston on Kraft's private jet and taken to the Gillette Stadium, where he will receive the customised ring from the Patriots owner. "I've been thinking about it for weeks".

Three years ago, New England engineered a record-breaking 25-point comeback against the Atlanta Falcons to capture its sixth Super Bowl title since Kraft took over the franchise in 1994.

"We came back, and we won", Kraft said while announcing the auction.

As of Thursday night, the All In Challenge had raised almost $45.7 million, according to its website. He is worth $6.9 billion, according to Forbes, or $4.5 billion, per Bloomberg.

The massive ring marked New England's fifth Super Bowl win, which it claimed after the trademark 28-3 comeback in 2017. It was founded by Michael Rubin, a co-owner of the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers and NHL's New Jersey Devils.

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The two charities that will receive the funds are Feeding America, a nation-wide network of food banks in the U.S., and Second Harvest, which emphasizes environmental protection while redistributing unsold food to over 1,200 organizations in Canada.



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