Kobe Bryant died on Jan. 25, and his memorabilia are up for auction this month. According to experts, this is the largest group of Bryant’s collectibles in one place.
Some of the proceeds will be given to the Mamba and Mambacita Sports Foundation. Fans will be able to get game-worn sneakers, a championship ring and two rare items related to Lakers star LeBron James and New York Liberty rookie Sabrina Ionescu.
The 86 pieces were added to the Goldin Auction’s Spring 2020 Premium Auction. The auction ends May 16. Fans will be able to lay their hands on a few of game-worn jerseys, signed sneakers and basketballs. Some of the pieces were dually signed with Stephen Curry, Shaquille O’Neal and other stars.
“There’s something for everyone,” Ken Goldin told ESPN. “We expect the price points in here to go from as low as $500 to potentially over $100,000.”
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The auction also includes the 14K, 40-diamond ring from the 2000 NBA championship team and the 2012 Team USA gold medalist ring featuring eight diamonds. Someone will be able to buy the black Adidas sneakers from the 2001 NBA Finals Game 5 win. This pair has the largest bid of $28,000 as of Thursday night.
The collection also includes the leather Lakers handbag signed by the 2012-13 Lakers team. It also features a White House stationary letter inked by the Black Mamba.
According to Goldin, 5 percent of each winning bid will be donated to the Mamba and Mambacita Sports Foundation. This will help young players in the world of sports.
Vanessa Bryant announced the name change of the foundation to honor her husband and daughter. She lost her dearest in a tragic accident outside Los Angeles.
Ionescu was selected as No. 1 in the WNBA draft last week. The player is involved in the collection with a signed No. 20 Oregon jersey. It reads “To Kobe” and the whole story is really emotional.
“I believe what happened was it was given to a marketing rep for her to give to Kobe and then he passed,” Goldin told ESPN. “So that certainly would be unusual to find.”