Sunday, July 21, 2013

Kobe Bryant memorabilia sells for $433,531 in New Jersey auction

Kobe Bryant memorabilia sells for $433,531 in New Jersey auction, A pair of Kobe Bryant's 2000 NBA championship rings brought in a combined $282,337, in an auction that closed Saturday morning.

The monthlong sale, held out of West Berlin, N.J., by Goldin Auctions, brought in a total of $433,531 from Bryant's memorabilia.

"Collectors surely recognized that these are historically significant pieces of memorabilia that are rarely made available for a player like Kobe Bryant," said Ken Goldin, Founder of Goldin Auctions.

Goldin Auctions will donate $62,565 of the proceeds to the Bully Project, one of Bryant's favored charities.

"We’re delighted to have been chosen to benefit from the auction of these once-in-a-lifetime items from Kobe Bryant,” said Lee Hirsch, the director of "Bully." “Athletes set a powerful example when they speak out against bullying and we deeply appreciate the efforts of everyone involved in this auction for helping us to amplify this message."

Bryant's memorabilia, including high school uniforms, rings and an All-Star medallion, was provided to Goldin Auctions by Bryant's mother, Pamela, after a family dispute over ownership was settled out of court.
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