The Lakers devoted a $100 million payroll last season, but it wasn’t enough to secure an NBA title.
The outcome turned out differently regarding a pair of Kobe Bryant’s 2000 NBA championship ring. Those items were sold for a combined $282,337 in an auction that closed on Saturday morning. Southern New Jersey-based Goldin Auctions brought brought in $433,531 from Bryant’s memorabilia.
The 16 items ranged from game-worn Lakers jerseys from the 2001-02 and 2006-07 season, Bryant’s 2000 NBA All-Star game ring, his 1996 Magic Roundball Classic All-Star medallion and ribbon, two of his game-worn high school uniforms at Lower Merion High, a UCLA basketball signed by John Wooden and personalized to Bryant and various sneakers. Goldin Auctions will donate $62,565 of the proceeds to the Bully Project, a campaign that hopes to create more support for anti-bullying causes.
Bryant’s mom, Pamela, has auctioned off the 2000 championship ring her son gave her through southern New Jersey-based Goldin Auctions, at a current bidding price of $34,529. Meanwhile, Bryant’s father, Joe, has his ring currently up at $81,425. Both bids are open until Friday.
Bryant had sued Goldin Auctions in federal court when it revealed in April that Pamela agreed to put up nearly 100 items that had been in her home and was given $450,000 up front. Goldin Auctions and Bryant recently reached a settlement and signed a confidentiality agreement in June so that details would not be discussed.
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