Items from NBA stars including LeBron James, Giannis Anteteokounmpo and LukaDoncic are featured in the sale which runs online until October 3. While the sale is titled Michael Jordan & Basketball Icons, the Bryant item is the most significant.
“Certainly the market has escalated and, you know, as you can imagine, you know, all things, Kobe, were really kind of crystallized after his, his tragic passing and kind of took on a new depth and a new meaning, a new level of appreciation.”
Kobe Bryant autographed section of the basketball court from his last game at the Staples Centers is, estimated to bring in $500,000 (USD) dollars or more.
“This is really the most unique and inspiring pieces we’ve ever had. This is an original section of the Staples Center floor from Kobe’s last NBA game, April 13, 2016. And most fans will remember that as one of, if not the greatest farewell performance in the history of sports,” said Dan Imler, Vice President Direct Sales And Consignments, Heritage Auctions.
The Lakers installed 2 special court sections for Bryant’s final game, one with the number 24 and 8 – the two numbers he wore during his career. The section with 24 is believed to be in the organization’s practice facility and the 8 was sold at auction for charity.
“After the final piece of confetti had fallen, one of Kobe’s absolute last acts before he walked off the professional court was to add a, a large signature to the center of the number eight,” said Imer. “It’s one of the biggest Kobe autographs we’ve ever seen. It’s about a foot and a half long.”
The seller will donate 10 percent of the proceeds from the sale to the Mamba and Mambacita Sports Foundation. Also included in the 375 lot sale are jerseys and game worn sneakers by Jordan.
“We have a great pair of Jordan game used Air Jordan 1’s. You know, the iconic red, white and black version,” said Imer. Anytime a legitimate pair of game used rookie shoes like that come on the market, you know, it’s, it’s a big deal. It’s, you know, those are at the top of a lot of collectors wish list. And we have a really great pair in this auction.”