Here’s something for Kobe Bryant fans and admirers!
Even as the world is still mourning the tragic death of NBA legend Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles auction house Nate D. Sanders has announced that it will host an auction featuring memorabilia from the Lakers legend.
And one of the prized items that’s going to be up for bidding will be a game-worn jersey that Kobe wore in his first All-Star game during the 1998-1999 season.
Other items will include a game-worn shirt from the same season, three basketballs signed by Kobe, as well as trading cards signed by him, Michael Jordan and LeBron James.
Nate D. Sanders Auction House will start the bidding at US $ 20,000 for the jersey. The bidding process will end Thursday.
In a statement, the owner of Nate Sanders, said “The tragic death of Kobe Bryant has devastated the city. People continue to grieve and mourn the loss of the most popular player to wear the Purple and Gold. This is an opportunity for fans to remember their hero by owning memorabilia from his remarkable career.”
The jersey is 36 inches in length from the shoulder to bottom and 26 inches across the front side of the chest and has number 8 on the back and is described as having ‘light wear’.
According to reports, the jersey came from a person affiliated with the Lakers and comes with a certificate of authenticity.
According to Sanders, 10 per cent of the profits from the auction will go to After-School All-Stars, which was one of Kobe’s favourite non-profits.
Kobe, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and 7 others died in a helicopter crash on 26 January in Calabasas, California.