This story, originally posted on April 30, was updated on May 3:
But not if Kobe has a say in it.
Bryant’s mom, Pamela, decided to make available more than 100 items from his life in a June bidding frenzy to be staged by New Jersey-based Goldin Auctions. But once the Lakers’ star heard about it, he put his lawyers on it.
Goldin Auctions filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Camden on Thursday for the right to sell the items after Bryant’s lawyers wrote the firm telling it to cancel a planned auction.
Pamela Bryant reportedly received $450,000 up front from the auction house, which estimated the value of the sale to be about $1.5 million. Pamela Bryant said she intended to use the money for a new home in Nevada. A source told ESPN that Kobe Bryant offered to pay her $250,000 toward a home she wanted. She refused, and got the full $450,000 from the auction house instead.
Kobe Bryant’s lawyer Mark Campbell said in a statement, “Mr. Bryant’s personal property has ended up in the possession of someone who does not lawfully own it. We look forward to resolving this legal matter through the legal system.”
The main draw in the collection is a maroon uniform — jersey and shorts — from Kobe Bryant’s freshman year when he wore No. 24. It is believed to be the only authentic game worn #24 Kobe Bryant LMHS jersey in existence. He switched to No. 33 for the rest of his high school days before going to the NBA.
Among the other stuff:
== Trophies, plaques and awards he won in high school
== Practice jerseys from high school
== An Italian Rieti #44 jersey – the earliest known Bryant game worn jersey ever offered at auction.
== The surfboard “Teen’s Choice” Award from Nickelodeon network
== A 1996 High School McDonald’s All-American ring
== A 1996 High School State Championship ring
== A 1998 and 2000 NBA All-Star ring
== A team issued 2000 Lakers championship ring Bryant had made for his father, Joe Bryant, and a specially designed version for his mom.
So much for them being “special.”