Shortly after Kobe Bryant’s tragic death in late January, internet opportunists began flooding sites like eBay with bunk Kobe memorabilia. Earlier in February, a professional authenticator told TV news stations that he’d looked up supposedly autographed items on online auction sites—some of them going for as much as $12,000—and found that “almost all” of them were fakes.
One way to avoid being bilked, of course, is buying through an actual auction house—and soon megafans will have that chance. On April 30, live in Beverly Hills as well as in realtime online, Julien’s Auctions is putting some genuine Kobe articles on the block as part of its annual Sports Legends auction.
Here’s what going (and what it’s expected to sell for):
- Bryant’s full Los Angeles Lakers number “8” home uniform, game worn during the 1999-2000 NBA Finals and embroidered with an official NBA logo under a black armband worn in remembrance of Wilt Chamberlain (estimate: $10,000-$20,000)
- Bryant’s 2011 handprints in cement from Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood where the NBA legend became the first athlete to cast prints at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, a tribute typically reserved for Hollywood stars (estimate: $4,000-$6,000)
- Bryant’s Los Angeles Lakers home number “24” jersey game worn during the 2006-2007 season (estimate: $4,000-$6,000)
- A pair of black and white Adidas basketball shoes game worn and signed by Bryant and additionally inscribed with his jersey number “8” (estimate: $2,000-$4,000)
- A Spalding NBA All Conference basketball signed by the members of the 2009-2010 Los Angeles Lakers including, Bryant, Ron Artest, Shannon Brown, Andrew Bynum, Jordan Farmar, Derek Fisher, Pau Gasol, Didier Ilunga-Mbenga, Adam Morrison, Lamar Odom, Josh Powell, Sasha Vujacic, and Luke Walton (estimate: $2,000-$4,000).
Don’t have that kind of dough? Prior to the auction, beginning on April 27, Julien’s will display the Kobe goods in an exhibit that’s free and open to the public at its gallery in Beverly Hills. “We are honored to include this collection of his items and pay tribute to this giant who was an inspiration not only to basketball fans but to the entire world,” says president and CEO Darren Julien.
The exhibit is open daily from 11 a.m., April 27-April 30; Julien’s Auctions Beverly Hills, 257 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills.
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