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Kobe Bryant's gifted 2000 Lakers championship ring sells for record $927,000

Posted : 02 April 2024

Over the weekend, a significant piece of basketball history was sold for a staggering $927,000, including the buyer's premium, through the collectibles marketplace Goldin. The item in question was a ring from the Los Angeles Lakers' 2000 NBA championship, a gift from Kobe Bryant to his father, Joe "Jellybean" Bryant. This sale marked the highest amount ever paid for an NBA championship ring, attracting 43 bids in a fiercely competitive auction.


The 2000 NBA championship was a pivotal moment in Kobe Bryant's illustrious career, representing his first of five titles with the Los Angeles Lakers. Notably, this ring was the only one Kobe bestowed upon his father. Goldin highlighted that the ring is an exact replica of Kobe's own championship ring, featuring the inscription "BRYANT" and matching specifications in terms of size (11½), weight (59.6 grams), and engravings.


Originally consigned to Goldin in 2013 by Pam and Joe Bryant, the ring fetched $173,000 at that time. Fast forward to the recent auction, the ring was consigned by the buyer from 2013 and came with a letter of authenticity from the Bryants, contributing to its high valuation. While the sale set a new record for NBA championship rings, it falls short of the overall record for sports championship rings, which remains held by Charlie Sheen's purchase of Babe Ruth's 1927 World Series title ring for $2.09 million.


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