The towel that basketball icon Kobe Bryant had on his shoulders during the farewell speech following his final game back in 2016, has been sold in $33000.
CNN reported that Bryant, and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, among nine people killed earlier this year when a helicopter crashed into a hillside in Calabasas, California.
Since then, memorables for the late five-time NBA champion showing up on auction sites, as vendors try to monetize the legend’s death and collectors scramble to outbid each other for the prized possessions.
During Bryant’s final game with the Los Angeles Lakers, which was on April 13, 2016, he scored 60 points. He ended his farewell speech to fans with a now infamous sign-off: “Mamba out,” referring to his nickname “Black Mamba.”
As Bryant walked off the court, a fan grabbed the Body Armor towel off his shoulders. The fan who originally acquired the towel sold it in a different auction in 2016 for $8,365.00. Last month, the new towel owner contacted Iconic Auctions, an Arizona-based company that specializes in authentic autographs and memorabilia, to resell it.
On Sunday, the towel, along with two tickets from Bryant’s farewell game, sold for a total of $33,077.16, according to Jeff Woolf, president of Iconic Auctions. The items accompanied by a Letter of Authenticity from Iconic Auctions.
The winning bidder, David Kohler, an avid Lakers collector who is known for having the largest collection of Lakers memorabilia in the world. This wasn’t the only Bryant item that the winning bidder took home. Earlier this month, Kohler paid nearly $30,000 for a middle school yearbook that signed by Bryant.