From his iconic Los Angeles Lakers jersey to cement handprints, some of basketballer Lt. Kobe Bryant’s key memorabilia would be up for auction in April. Also Read - When Kobe Bryant Died, a Piece of me Died: Michael Jordan
On Thursday, Darren Julien from Jullien’s Auctions’ said that the items would be up for sale on April 30 as part of its annual sports auction that includes a silver medal from the 1984 Summer. Also Read - 'Shocked' Viswanathan Anand Doesn't Want to Imagine Kobe Bryant And Gianna's Last Moments
Olympics in Los Angeles and a 2002 FIFA World Cup gold winner’s medal. Also Read - Gianna Bryant’s School Retires Her No. 2 Basketball Jersey
Bryant’s items were already being planned for auction when he, his daughter Gianna and seven others were killed in a helicopter crash on Jan. 26.
We are honoured to include this collection of his items and pay tribute to this giant who was an inspiration not only to basketball fans but to the entire world, said Darren Julien, Julien’s Auctions’ president and CEO.
The Lakers uniforms up for sale are one worn during the 2000 NBA Finals, with his original number 8. The uniform included a black armband which marked the memory of Wilt Chamberlain, who died that season.
The other uniform was from his 2007 season when his number was 24.
Other Bryant items include Adidas game shoes signed by the late legend; and a basketball signed by the 2010-11 Lakers including Bryant and other stars such as Ron Artest and Pau Gasol.
Julien’s said the Bryant items were being sold by a collector in Kentucky. Fans can view what’s up for sale between April 27 and April 30 in Beverly Hills, California, before the auction takes place at Julien’s Auctions Beverly Hills.
Bryant, who was 41, and his daughter were remembered Monday at the Staples Center with a memorial that included a performance from Beyonc and tributes by Michael Jordan and Shaquille O’Neal.
(With PTI inputs)