Lakers news: Kobe Bryant's ring gifted to mom sells for $200,000
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Kobe Bryant’s ring gifted to mom sells for $200,000

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One of Kobe Bryant’s championship rings with the Los Angeles Lakers was sold for over $200,000 in an auction, per TMZ Sports.

Bryant initially gifted a pair of identical rings to his parents after his first championship following the 1999-2000 season. However, Kobe’s mother, Pamela Bryant, attempted to sell the rings after the Black Mamba had something of a falling out with his parents.

Per TMZ, the late Lakers icon sued to stop the sale before they eventually reached an agreement allowing his parents to sell six items — including the rings. The items were sold to a private collector for a staggering $280,000.

The private collector since went to Goldin Auction, the same group that helped organize an auction for the largest collection of Kobe Bryant memorabilia.Naturally, the private collector is probably pretty pleased with the haul, as the one ring sold for nearly the same value they paid for all six rings back in 2016. The final bid for the ring is $206,080.

Kobe memorabilia has come at a premium since his tragic death in January. In fact, Lakers fans adorned the outside of the Staples Center with Kobe gear in the immediate aftermath of his death, creating something of a memorial. It was a fitting scene for Bryant, who came to define the franchise for nearly two decades.