by Alvin aqua Blanco (@aqua174)
Kobe Bryant is now a couple of championship rings short. Actually, the rings he gifted to his parents—which at one point were part of a lawsuit he filed against his mother—have been sold at auction. The NBA reports:
Two NBA championship rings that Kobe Bryant gave to his parents each sold for more than $100,000 at an auction that supported one of his charities. Goldin Auctions said six items of Bryant memorabilia sold for a combined $433,531 in the monthlong auction that closed early Saturday morning.
A 2000 Lakers championship ring gifted by Bryant to his father, Joe, sold for $174,184. A ring given to his mother, Pamela, from the same championship season went for $108,153.
Bryant had filed a suit against the auction company, saying his mother didn't have the right to sell the items. A settlement was reached last month allowing six items to be auctioned after the five-time NBA champion's parents apologized to their son and thanked him for his financial support. The other items included Bryant's 2000 NBA All-Star game ring, which sold for $55,597, two game-worn uniforms from high school and a medallion and ribbon from the 1996 Magic's Roundball Classic. As part of the sale, Goldin Auctions is donating $62,565 to The Bully Project, a Kobe Bryant supported charity.
At those prices, Bryant could probably buy his rings back if the spirit moves him. The future Hall of Famer is rehabbing from a torn Achilles tendon and recently revealed he plans to play for three more seasons. Interestingly, the 2000 championship ring says "Bling Bling" on the side. Also included in the loot was a pair of Bean's OG signature adidas he rocked during the 2001 NBA All-Star game. Check out images of the memorabilia in the gallery.
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