Kobe Bryant's 2000 NBA Championship Ring, Gifted To His Father, Hits Auction Block

Photo: Instagram/Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant's 2000 NBA championship ring, originally presented to his father, former NBA player Joe "Jellybean" Bryant, is now up for auction at Goldin Auctions. 

Despite not being the executive ring awarded to players, it's identical to the ones given to Bryant and his Lakers teammates. Bryant had ordered an extra ring to gift to his father, making this a unique piece of sports memorabilia.

This sale echoes past disputes over Bryant family memorabilia, notably in 2013 when Bryant settled a lawsuit with Goldin Auctions, limiting the items available for sale. 

Photo: Instagram/Kobe Bryant

The current auction includes the only ring Bryant ever gave to his father, accompanied by a letter of authenticity from his mother, Pamela Bryant.

Despite occasional tensions, Bryant's relationship with his parents saw moments of reconciliation, as reported by a friend after his death. 

The 14 karat gold ring adorned with 40 diamonds bears Bryant's name, along with the Lakers' impressive regular-season and postseason records. 

Bidding for this iconic piece ends on March 31, with the current leading bid standing at $94,000.

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Source: CBS Sports 


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