Kobe Bryant Public Memorial Souvenirs Hawked for Thousands of Dollars on Ebay by Those Who Personally Attended Event
On Monday, February 24, 2020, a public memorial service was held for Kobe and Gianna Bryant. Now some people who attended the event are selling memorabilia they received at the service for thousands of dollars.
Just a day after Kobe and Gianna’s public memorial at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, people were already trying to cash in by selling souvenirs given out at the service. According to “TMZ,” several attendees took to eBay to cash in on Kobe’s fame.
Hawkers are selling ticket stubs, t-shirts, and program booklets. A number of listings on the website showed sales of memorial pins and other items.
Kobe Bryant playing a game against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wachovia Center on December 21, 2007, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | Photo: Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE/Getty Images
Souvenirs sold for thousands of dollars
According to the publication, most of the listers have claimed that they personally attended the event. “TMZ” revealed that the average starting bid for the Kobe memorial bundles started around $3,000.
A seller was seen listing an official Kobe size XL t-shirt from the memorial. The person received 76 bids before managing to sell the items for $2,025.
Random draw for memorial
Around one dozen other similar listings asked for, at least, $1,000. Some of the listers on eBay were able to attend the service after entering a random draw.
Winners in the draw had the option of buying tickets for either $24.02 or $224 each. The funds raised from the draw went to the newly founded Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation.
Some of the items sold on eBay
Other items that are on sale on eBay include autographs, game-worn jerseys, and Kobe’s 8th-grade yearbook. More than 20,000 people attended the service this week.
What attendees got at the service
Fans who attended the memorial received a t-shirt showing Kobe and his daughter embracing each other in three different images on the front. The back of the t-shirt had the star’s last name and his and his daughter’s jersey numbers underneath.
Free commemorative tickets
Fans also received a program for the service titled “A Celebration of Life: Kobe & Gianna Bryant.” A mobile ticket was required to enter the event, but attendees were also given commemorative tickets that featured Gianna hugging her father.
When did Kobe pass away
Kobe, 41, and Gianna, 13, passed away on January 26, 2020, after being involved in a helicopter crash. Seven other people, including the pilot, also died in the incident.