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Pats owner Robert Kraft's SB ring raises $1.025M in auction

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 Patriots owner Robert Kraft's Super Bowl LI ring garners $1.025M winning bid in All In Challenge
Cary Erickson | 23 May, 2020, 04:07

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft's Super Bowl LI championship ring was auctioned off for $1.025 million on Thursday, with proceeds going towards the "All In Challenge" which aims to feed those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Unlike the other five Super Bowl victories the Patriots have enjoyed since Kraft bought the team in 1994 for $175million, New England and quarterback Tom Brady engineered a historic comeback in February of 2017 to beat the Atlanta Falcons in overtime.

'I want to give this ring to someone who will worthy enough to bid it up, so we can get meals to all these people who are hurting badly at this time, ' Kraft said.

"I thought about what is going on at this time and wanted to give something of extreme value..."

As it turns out, he chose to give up his fifth ring which was actually won in 2017 when the Patriots came back from a 28-3 deficit against the Atlanta Falcons.

There were 35 total bids in the auction before it closed, though the price quickly escalated from the initial $75,000 asking price. The ring has 283 diamonds, to reference the score of that game before the comeback, is 5.1 carats in weight and made with 10-karat white gold.

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The Patriots owner is now down to just four championship rings following the auction, as Russian President Vladimir Putin famously stole Kraft's Super Bowl XXXIX ring in 2005.

The Patriots' win over Atlanta has been called the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history.

The victor of the auction will receive the ring and will also get to fly out to Gillette Stadium to meet the Patriots owner.

As of Thursday night, the All-In Challenge had raised more than $45.5 million for coronavirus relief. And we came back, and we won [34-28 in OT].

Other high-profile items at the auction include a private golf lesson from Tiger Woods, now at $190,000, and 18 holes of golf with Phil Mickelson, about at $120,000.