Kobe Bryant-signed piece of court from final game may fetch $500K at auction
A section of the Staples Center court used during Kobe Bryant’s final NBA game is expected to generate significant interest and lucrative bids when it is put up for auction next month.
According to TMZ Sports, online bidding on the section of court, which is signed by the late Los Angeles Lakers legend, will open on Sept. 4. A live auction on Sept. 26 will close things out. When it’s all said and done, estimates suggest the bidding could fetch upwards of $500,000.
As Heritage Auctions highlighted on social media, the item is from Bryant’s farewell game on April 13, 2016, a game in which Kobe closed out his career in fitting fashion by scoring 60 points.
(2/5) The final two points of Kobe's game and career came with 15 seconds left, at the free throw line just a few feet from the piece of hardwood bearing his number 8, placed there to honor the number he wore when his career began #KobeDay https://t.co/jraHl2phD7 pic.twitter.com/IhaJH7PUxs— Heritage Auctions Sports (@Heritage_Sport) August 24, 2020
There has long been high demand in Kobe-related memorabilia on the auction market, especially since his NBA retirement. The interest in such items unsurprisingly has increased in the months since he tragically perished along with daughter Gianna and seven others in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, Calif., on Jan. 26.
The heightened demand of course is a sobering reminder of how the sports auction market reacts to such sad incidents, but that’s how the business operates.
That aside, the sports memorabilia market has been operating at a head-spinning rate of late, as several items have resulted in mind-blowing bids and record-breaking auctions in recent months.
As far as this coveted Bryant item is concerned, the seller will reportedly donate 10% of the proceeds to the Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation which is certainly a refreshing component of the upcoming auction.