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Jersey worn by Kobe Bryant as a rookie in playoffs sold for $2.7 million

Lakers' Kobe Bryant is airborne as he holds the ball.
Lakers’ Kobe Bryant goes in for a shot against the Utah Jazz during the second half of the NBA playoff game on May 8, 1997, in Inglewood. The jersey worn by Kobe Bryant in his rookie season, including two playoff games, sold at auction for $2.73 million.
(Chris Pizzello / Associated Press)

A jersey worn by Kobe Bryant in his rookie season, including two playoff games, has sold at auction for $2.73 million.

SCP Auctions said Sunday the buyer wished to remain anonymous as did the seller, who had the jersey for 25 years. David Kohler of SCP Auctions had estimated the jersey from the 1996-97 season would fetch between $3 million and $5 million.

Another of Bryant’s rookie jerseys went for $3.69 million last year. That autographed, yellow game-worn jersey fetched the highest price ever for a basketball jersey.

The winning bidder this time acquired the No. 8 jersey Bryant wore for the Lakers in regular-season wins at the old Forum on April 13, 1997, against Utah and April 17, 1997, against Sacramento. The jersey’s authenticity was verified by independent authenticators, who photo-matched it, Kohler said.

Bryant was killed on Jan. 26, 2020, in a Calabasas helicopter crash that also took the lives of his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others.


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