The only Kobe Bryant jersey ever to be photo matched to his rookie season playoff run was auctioned off for $2.735 million, the second-highest amount for a game-worn basketball jersey. That jersey was also worn by—Kobe Bryant.
The jersey from the Lakers legend was photo matched by Meigray, Resolution and Sports Investors.
— SCP Auctions (@SCPAuctions) June 5, 2022
SCP Auctions President David Kohler said in a written statement, “The overall auction brought extremely strong numbers and many record sales. The auction total went over $8 million, which is the second-biggest auction in company history. This incredible sale happened amidst stock market volatility and war overseas, too.”
Last year, one of Bryant’s rookie jerseys was bought for $3.69 million. The autographed, yellow game-worn basketball jersey fetched the highest price ever for a basketball jersey.
The winner took home the jersey Bryant wore for the Los Angeles Lakers in regular-season wins on April 13, 1997, against Utah and April 17, 1997, against Sacramento. He wore the same jersey at home games on May 8 and May 10 in the Western Conference semifinals against Utah.
Bryant played his entire 20-year NBA career with the Los Angeles Lakers. He was a five-time NBA champion, a two-time Finals MVP, and the league’s most valuable player in 2008.
During his career, Bryant made the All-Star team 18 times and was the youngest player to ever reach 30,000 career points. Bryant retired from the NBA in 2016.
The 41-year-old basketball legend died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, along with his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven other people on Jan. 26, 2020.