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Lakers selling gold-studded Kobe Bryant hat for $38,000 (pics)


The Los Angeles Lakers clearly want to reap a sizeable profit out of dedicating their entire 2015-16 season to the retirement tour of Kobe Bryant, that’s for sure.

The Lakers are set to roll out a series of expensive commemorative items conceived by Anschutz Entertainment Group, the operators of Staples Center and the arena’s merchandise.

Among the commemorative items set to go on sale is a limited-edition, gold-studded hat that celebrates Bryant’s No. 24 jersey number and “Black Mamba” nickname. The price? A whopping $38,024.

The hat, according to a report from ESPN’s Darren Rovell, is a New Era creation. It is made of both lambskin and snakeskin and features a No. 24 on the front of the cap that contains 3.5 ounces of 18-karat gold. Only eight have been made.

Here’s how a $38,000 hat is made for those curious about such a thing.

Additional high-priced items set to go on sale include a lambskin and snakeskin jacket studded with Swarovski rhinestones that comes at the price of $5,824. There is also a purple cashmere hat made out of gold snakeskin and features yellow diamonds that sells for $24,008 a pop. Only eight of these hats were made as well.

For the more budget-conscious, there’s a snake-print Bryant jersey that runs $824. Liquid metal caps celebrating Bryant’s career accomplishments retail for either $82.48 or $72.48.

“We think there’s something for everyone,” said Sean Ryan, vice president of AEG Merchandise, via ESPN.

Some of the items were made available for purchase Thursday onĀ  the Lakers’ online store. The remaining memorabilia will be put out for sale at Staples Center on April 13, the night of Bryant’s last home game of his career.

Ryan added that the kind of lavish, luxurious and pricey items fit the image of Los Angeles excess quite well.

“This city is all about spectacle,” he said. “Derek Jeter might have represented the blue-collar people of New York, but Kobe is more about showtime, so we had to think of diamonds and gold.”

(top image courtesy of AEG Merchandise/ESPN)