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Iconic Kobe Bryant Lakers jersey expected to fetch $7 million at auction

(CNN) — Don’t miss your chance to get an autographed jersey of Kobe Bryant.

Sotheby’s is auctioning a jersey from Bryant’s Los Angeles Lakers MVP season that is expected to fetch $7 million.

The five-time NBA champion wore the signed jersey more than 25 times during the 2007–2008 season. In fact, it’s what he’s already wearing in the iconic photo in which he holds up his jersey and screams excitedly after blowing a 14-point lead over the Denver Nuggets in Game 2 of the Western Conference first-round series. .

Kobe Bryant'S Iconic Lakers Jersey Will Be Up For Auction.

Kobe Bryant’s iconic Lakers jersey will be up for auction.

“This jersey has influenced popular culture in a way rarely seen in the sports community, becoming iconic and synonymous with the image of Kobe Bryant,” Sotheby’s said in a press release. “The raw passion captured in the photographs has inspired artists and designers around the world (…). This jersey has been featured in countless murals and artworks depicting the late basketball sensation.”

The jersey “became synonymous with Kobe’s ‘mamba mentality,'” Brahm Wachter, Sotheby’s head of modern streetwear and collectibles, said in the statement. “The fact that Kobe scored a total of 645 points in 8 months in this jersey in his only MVP season is impressive.”

The auction house said that if the jersey sells for the $5 million to $7 million estimated at Sotheby’s, it would be the highest price ever paid for a Bryant jersey.

The other highly sought-after jersey is Michael Jordan’s “The Last Dance” from the 1998 NBA Finals, which sold for $10.1 million at a Sotheby’s auction in September 2022.

Bryant’s jersey will be accompanied by photos, artwork, books and more. The lot will be open for bidding from February 2 to February 9. It will also be on public display at Sotheby’s in New York during the first week of February.

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