On Friday we took a look at Kobe Bryant’s mother auctioning a 2000 NBA Championship ring that Kobe had ordered for his mother, which was a replica of the ring he was given by the team. At the time the bidding was up over $40,000, but eventually went for over $100,000.
Bryant had taken his mother, Pam, to court when she originally planned on auctioning off memorabilia she had of Kobe’s early playing career. It got ugly, and they eventually went to court where they reached a settlement that allowed the Lakers legend’s parents to sell some of the memorabilia.
Turned out to be a lucrative endeavor for Kobe’s parents as they made over $400,000. As reported by ESPN:
A duplicate of his 2000 Los Angeles Lakers championship ring, gifted to his father Joe, sold for $174,184. A version in a smaller size, made for his mother Pam, went for $108,153.
Other items that commanded top dollar in the sale, conducted by New Jersey-based Goldin Auctions, included Bryant's 2000 NBA All-Star ring ($55,597), and two of his game-used high school uniforms ($50,150 and $41,694).
Those were the big ticket items, but factoring in the bid on several other pieces of Kobe memorabilia his parents sold brings the number to over $478,000, with apparently some of the proceeds going to a yet unnamed charity.