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Kobe Bryant estate has earned $20M since icon’s tragic death

The estate of late Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant has earned millions of dollars since his tragic death in January, a fact gleaned from a reviewal of arguably one of the more morbid celebrity lists in circulation.

According to Forbes’ “Highest-Paid Dead Celebrities of 2020” list, the Bryant estate has made $20 million this year, leaving him No. 6 on the ghoulishly named rundown of what deceased celebrities have earned in 2020.

“After the Lakers legend died in a helicopter accident in January, Nike sold out its Kobe Bryant merchandise,” the Forbes’ blurb on Kobe reads. “Fans also made a fast break for his autobiography, which sold more than 300,000 copies this year.”

As noted by Forbes, Nike did indeed have issues keeping up with demand in the immediate wake of Bryant’s death. Further, Kobe’s autobiography, “Mamba Mentality: How I Play” — published in October 2018 — has seen a huge increase in sales since his passing. The book has sold an incredible 300,000 copies this year, a 10-fold increase compared to 2019.

There unsurprisingly has been no shortage of tributes, remembrances and memorials in tribute to Bryant, and interest in Kobe-related memorabilia has been rampant in the auction market since his passing.

Just this week, Bryant’s Philadelphia-area childhood home sold for a symbolically significant price Kobe fans will surely recognize.

Bryant perished along with daughter Gianna and seven others in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, Calif., on Jan. 26, and the NBA world has been in mourning ever since.