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Kobe Bryant’s iconic jersey sells for $5.8 million at auction


The jersey of US basketball legend Kobe Bryant – who died three years ago in a tragic helicopter crash – was auctioned for $5.8 million on Thursday. Sotheby’s New York auction set a new record for any Bryant item sold at auction but fetched a higher-than-pre-sale estimate of $7 million. The price is more agreeable than the previous high of $3.7 million paid for a jersey by the Los Angeles Lakers titan, who has won five NBA titles and two Olympic gold medals. Sports memorabilia worn in games is big business.

Michael Jordan’s 1998 NBA Finals jersey, which sold for $10.1 million in September 2022, is currently the most valuable item.

Diego Maradona’s “Hand of God” shirt sold for $9.3 million at Sotheby’s in London last year.

Bryant’s iconic yellow-purple number 24 jersey, for sale by an anonymous owner, was worn by the Laker legend in 25 games during the 2007-2008 season, Bryant being the sole Player of the Year. best in the NBA.

During one of those appearances — a post-season game against the Denver Nuggets on April 23, 2008 — celebrity photographers captured Bryant celebrating after a successful, clenched three-pointer. his jersey and shouted a primitive voice.

Since then, the image has been plastered on walls by street artists around the world, especially in Los Angeles, where Bryant has performed his entire professional career.

The last time this shirt was put up for auction was in 2013, it only fetched $18,678.

That was years before Bryant’s fatal helicopter crash, after which his April 2008 celebration became “a public image,” Sotheby’s said.

(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and was automatically generated from the aggregate feed.)

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