Golden Auctions is set to auction off Kobe Bryant’s rookie season jersey today May 3, and it’s expected to make history as the most expensive jersey ever sold.
Previously, the highest record was that of Babe Ruth’s 1920 Yankees jersey which set the record for the highest bid for a sports memorabilia item at $5.64 million via Hunt’s Auctions sale in 2019.
Golden is a New Jersey-based sports auction house with over $300,000 worth of rare sports items connected with the late Lakers legend. Bidding on Kobe’s jersey is expected to run through May 23.
Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash early last year while traveling with his daughter Gianna 13, who also died along with seven other people … the father and daughter were survived by wife Vanessa, 38, and other children Natalia, 18, Bianka, 4, and Capri, 1.
Kobe’s wife, Vanessa is working so hard to preserve her husband’s legacy as she took to Instagram last week to announce that she was launching a new Mambacita clothing line on what was supposed to be Gianna’s 15th birthday.
Vanessa also stated that 100% of the proceeds from the sales will go to the Mamba and Mambacita Sports Foundation, which aims to make positive changes for young women in sports like her daughter Gianna.
“When I thought about how best to celebrate Gianna’s birthday with so many who loved her, I knew it had to be a combination of sharing her bright and fun personality with her sense of purpose and passion that would help make a difference in this world,” Vanessa shared.
We also learned that the newly launched clothing line almost sold out on the first day as it got so many celebrities supporting the initiative the day it was announced on Instagram.
Vanessa ended a deal with Nike, saying, “I was hoping to forge a lifelong partnership with Nike that reflects my husband’s legacy.”
Speaking about the end of the partnership, Nike told ESPN, “Kobe Bryant was an important part of Nike’s deep connection to consumers. He pushed us and made everyone around him better. Though our contractual relationship has ended, he remains a deeply loved member of the Nike family.”