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Duplicate of Kobe’s 2000 Lakers championship ring goes for $175K at auction

Jul 20, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

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Remember that weird thing about Kobe Bryant suing his parents for trying to auction off some of his personal items from his professional basketball career?

The whole thing eventually got settled, and the majority of the stuff did in fact end up going up for sale.

The auction has been completed, and the most interesting pieces of the collection were, not surprisingly, the ones that drew the highest bids.

From ESPN.com:

A duplicate of [Bryant's] 2000 Los Angeles Lakers championship ring, gifted to his father Joe, sold for $174,184. A version in a smaller size, made for his mother Pam, went for $108,153.

Other items that commanded top dollar in the sale, conducted by New Jersey-based Goldin Auctions, included Bryant’s 2000 NBA All-Star ring ($55,597), and two of his game-used high school uniforms ($50,150 and $41,694).

The ring presented to his father commanded great interest partly because it was in the exact size of Kobe’s ring (11½).

As far as we can tell, the duplicate rings are made with diamonds all the same, and honestly, the price seems a bit low for something with so much meaning in such limited supply — even if technically, it never belonged to Bryant himself.

  1. blakegriffin32 - Jul 20, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    What a weird relationship with his parents. All the money in the world and if he really wanted it, he could have just given them maybe 10% of his next year’s salary (3 million) and it seems he could have kept everything he wanted.

    If he even wanted it. Maybe he just wanted to spite his parents.

    Whoever won these auctions, lucky them. Have so much money to spend on such cool collectors items. Maybe one day.

    • justaregulardoode - Jul 22, 2013 at 2:08 PM

      Kobe and his dad do not get along. I remember watching a game like 2 years ago and it was the first game his dad ever attented. I think they never approved of him marrying his wife which caused the problems.

  2. kb2408 - Jul 20, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    I will wear my replica LAKERS Championship ring with pride. It set me back $175,000 but it was worth it!!

    • money2long - Jul 20, 2013 at 11:10 PM

      r u 4real . i feel stupid for asking if this was sarcastic

  3. 00maltliquor - Jul 20, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    ^^^IDK why, but I can’t stop laughing at this comment by kb2408!

    • dezglobal - Jul 20, 2013 at 10:37 PM

      IDK who you can’t either.

  4. fearthehoody - Jul 20, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    I was at the auction, but was very disappointed when his boulder Colorado memorabilia was not auctioned!

    Clipps own LA!!

    • jcmeyer10 - Jul 20, 2013 at 9:00 PM

      Did you raise your paddle once? If so, what for?

    • kb2408 - Jul 20, 2013 at 9:39 PM

      Sooo, let me see if Ive got ths correct. The LAKERS have been perennial winners for the last three decades and are unquestionably the best professional franchise in all of sports. On the other hand, the Clips have been the laughingstock of the NBA for decades and have never won anything. But the Clips run Los Angeles?! Wow, someone’s been imbibing in that good Cali bud a little too often.

      • asimonetti88 - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:31 PM

        hey, they’ve started selling Clippers shirts at a few of the news stands at LAX now. Clearly they’re running LA now!

      • justaregulardoode - Jul 22, 2013 at 2:12 PM

        You had me until you said this “unquestionably the best professional franchise in all of sports”. Maybe the yankees do not count as the best franchise ever in sports.

  5. jcmeyer10 - Jul 20, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    Well thank god she is able to put down her 400,000 dollar down payment.

  6. losanginsight - Jul 20, 2013 at 9:09 PM

    Did the Clippers buy it? The only ring they will ever see.

  7. onlyavoice - Jul 20, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    Shake The Hand Of The Man Who Shook Andy Griffiths Hand,
    Only $10.00.

    • dezglobal - Jul 20, 2013 at 10:39 PM

      Where can we meet?

      • jimeejohnson - Jul 21, 2013 at 3:45 AM

        Mayberry.

  8. rickyspanish - Jul 20, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    fearthehoody

    The Clippers are just renting LA, the Lakers will be back one day, they never stay down for long.

  9. rodericksilva - Jul 21, 2013 at 2:31 AM

    The Lakers have won more NBA championship banners on leap years than the Clippers have divisional, conference and NBA championship banners combined and squared. I’m just saying.

  10. mogogo1 - Jul 21, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    Not sure why a replica ring that just happens to be Kobe’s size makes it that much more valuable, but just another oddity in an odd case. Estranged from him parents, he still let his mom have keys to this storage unit filled with his stuff. I bet he doesn’t do that again. And I still think he’d have been far better off from a PR standpoint to just quietly give her the $400K for the down payment or buy the whole darn house than get a million articles written about how he was suing her. But, Vanessa obviously didn’t want to give in, so this is how it had to be.

  11. romoscollarbone - Jul 21, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    I don’t see how a replica of a 40,000 dollar ring is worth 175K. Maybe if Kobe was long gone and this was unearthed by some future generation of Bryant’s I could understand the selling price, but seriously who’s buying that thing?

  12. gogatorsjohn - Jul 21, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    What a waste of money. But I guess you’re worth what someone’s willing to pay. Only way I buy this is a) if I could have enough to purchase and b) if I could sell it and make a profit.

  13. antistratfordian - Jul 21, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    Well it’s Kobe Bryant… he doesn’t get along with anybody and the common denominator is him. So I’m giving his parents the benefit of the doubt. Maybe Kobe will finally learn from something this time. (don’t cross your fingers)

  14. climb17 - Jul 21, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    Really slow time of year for sports. This story just seem to never disappear even though there is very little “story ‘ to it.http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/07/20/leandro-barbosas-agent-says-he-has-offer-from-mavericks/

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