Kobe Bryant's Towel from Final Los Angeles Lakers Game Auctioned off at $32,720
Late legendary basketball star, Kobe Bryant's towel from his final Los Angeles Lakers game was sold for $32,720 at auction.
The towel worn by the late Lakers legend after the final game of his NBA career has been sold for the whopping sum of $32, 720 in an online auction over the weekend.
Iconic Auctions president, Jeff Woolf, said that a memorabilia collector and a devoted Lakers fan, David Kohler placed the winning bid.
Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers during a game against the Sacramento Kings at Staples Center on January 28, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. | Photo: Getty Images
The president noted that the buyer is well known for having the most extensive collection of Lakers memorabilia in the world.
Woolf added that the buyer, whose long term plan is to have a museum in Southern California, previously bought a yearbook, from Kobe Bryant's middle school days, for $30,000.
This is the second time the towel is auctioned. It was pulled off Bryant's shoulder by a fan after his retirement speech at Staple Center, Los Angeles, following the last game of his career where he scored sixty points and a victory against the Utah Jazz on April 13, 2016.
The fan sold the towel for $8, 365 at an auction in 2016. The revered towel was sold along with two tickets from the game on April 13, 2016, after a total of sixteen bids.
The late NBA champion spent twenty seasons with the Lakers, with eighteen All-Star game appearances and five NBA championship titles. The basketball legend was also two times the Most Valuable Player of the NBA finals.
Kobe retired at the age of 38, when the ovation was at its loudest as he led his team to victory in his last game. After the match, the late basketball legend spoke to the dazzled crowd,
"I can't believe how fast 20 years went by... and to be standing at center court with you guys, my teammates behind me, appreciating the journey ..."
However, the 41-year-old star, his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven other people, unfortunately, died in a helicopter crash on January 26, 2020, in Calabasas, California.
The helicopter was on its way to Mamba Sports Academy, Thousand Oaks, where Bryant was scheduled to coach, when it crashed.
The NBA superstar and his daughter were buried on February 7 in a private funeral in Pacific View Memorial Park, California. Their graves were unmarked for privacy.
Bryant is survived by his wife, Vanessa Laine Bryant, their daughters, Natalia, Bianka and Capri, and his parents.