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Kobe Bryant’s childhood home in Philadelphia sells for $810K

The Philadelphia-area home that Kobe Bryant spent much of his formative years has sold for $810,000, per a TMZ Sports report.

The late Los Angeles Lakers icon lived along with his family in the five-bedroom, 3 1/2-bath as a teenager, a time during which he led the Lower Merion High School basketball team to a state title in 1996.

The home sold Tuesday after being placed on the market in September, and the transaction closed on Nov. 6. Easily one of the most interesting details about the home is how the basketball hoop that Bryant practiced on still sits perched above the two-car garage stalls.

Fans familiar with Bryant’s legendary career may notice the sale price bears some symbolic significance. On Jan 22, 2006, Bryant posted a career-high 81 points in a victory over the Toronto Raptors.

Bryant unsurprisingly continues to cast a large shadow over the NBA world after tragically perishing along with daughter Gianna and seven others in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, Calif., on Jan. 26.

It’s unclear what exactly the individual who purchased the home has planned, but the Philly-area home certainly played a significant role in Bryant’s early life and subsequent Hall of Fame NBA career.