Lakers championship ring that Kobe Bryant gave to his father was auctioned for $927,000 – La Opinion

Lakers championship ring that Kobe Bryant gave to his father was auctioned for $927,000 – La Opinion


Kobe Bryant’s name continues to generate interest in sports fans, especially basketball fans, and this was demonstrated last weekend after one of his championship rings ended up being sold with Los Angeles Lakers at nothing more and nothing less than $927,000.

The collector’s item, which the legend of the NBA Tragically died in a helicopter accident in 2020, she had given it to her father Joe Jellybean Bryant. It was the first of five championship rings he won during his successful career with the Purple and Gold Quintet.

According to a report from ESPN, the auction that was carried out by the Goldin house had a total of 43 offers and the final price of $927,000 is the highest that has been paid at an auction for a championship ring. the NBA. The identity of the buyer was not revealed.

The Goldin auction house showing the championship ring obtained by Kobe Bryant who ended up giving it to his father and which has now been sold for $927,000.

This is the ring that Kobe Bryant received with the Lakers for the championship won in the 1999-2000 season after winning the final against the Indiana Pacers (4-2). Initially, Kobe gave it to his parents and in 2013 it was given to the Goldin auction house, which sold it for $173,000.

Now, in a new auction, the record figure was reached for a piece that Kobe himself had refused to let his parents sell at that time when they were asking for about $30,000, along with other memorabilia from the beginning of his basketball career.

The relationship between the then player and his parents became strained when he married Vanessa Bryant, who after Kobe Bryant’s death began managing the North American icon’s fortune, which at one point was estimated at approximately $600 million dollars.

Kobe Bryant accompanying Shaquille O'Neal during an event at the Staples Center where they unveiled a statue in honor of the center who starred in the Los Angeles Lakers.
Kobe Bryant accompanying Shaquille O’Neal during an event at the Staples Center where they unveiled a statue in honor of the center who starred in the Los Angeles Lakers.
Credit: Mark J. Terrill | AP

According to the auction house, the ring is an identical copy given to the player and has the surname ‘Bryant’ engraved on one side. The piece has the same size (11 1/2), weight (59.6 grams) and engravings as the original. The buyer also received a letter of authenticity from the Bryants.

But as striking as the high price they paid for this Kobe Bryant NBA championship ring is, the $927,000 is quite far from the current record for a sports championship ring that has been auctioned in the United States.

According to ESPN, American actor Charlie Sheen received nothing more and nothing less than $2.09 million dollars for Babe Ruth’s World Series championship ring, won after winning the New York Yankees in the 1927 season by sweeping the Pittsburgh Pirates. .

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