Don’t miss your chance to get an autographed Kobe Bryant jersey.
Sotheby’s is auctioning Bryant’s jersey, the Los Angeles Lakers’ season MVP, where it is expected to fetch up to $7 million.
The five-time NBA champion wore the signature jersey more than 25 times during the 2007-2008 season. In fact, it’s the same one in the iconic photo of him clutching his jersey and screaming with excitement after building a 14-point lead over the Denver Nuggets in Game 2 of the Western Conference first-round series. This is reported by CNN.
“This jersey has influenced popular culture in a way rarely seen in the sports community, becoming iconic and synonymous with Kobe Bryant’s image,” Sotheby’s said in a press release. “The raw passion captured in the photos has inspired artists and designers around the world … this jersey has been featured in countless murals and artworks depicting the late basketball sensation.”
“The jersey has become ‘synonymous with Kobe’s ‘mamba mentality,'” Bram Wachter, Sotheby’s head of streetwear and contemporary collectibles, said in the release. “The fact that Kobe scored a total of 645 points in 8 months in this jersey, in his only MVP season, is simply mind-blowing.”
If the jersey sells for $5 million to $7 million, according to Sotheby’s estimate, it will be the highest price ever paid for a Bryant jersey, the auction house said.
The only other jersey that has been valued this highly is Michael Jordan’s 1998 NBA Finals “Last Dance” jersey, which sold for $10.1 million at Sotheby’s in September 2022.
Mike Bryant will come with a collection of photos, artwork, books and more. Bidding for the lot will be open on February 2-9. It will also be on public view at Sotheby’s in New York in the first week of February.
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