The towel that Kobe Bryant wore over his shoulders throughout his farewell speech after his ultimate National Basketball League (NBA) recreation has fetched over $33,000 at public sale, the US media mentioned on Sunday. With the towel draped round him to assist mop up his sweat, the Los Angeles Lakers celebrity closed his speech along with his signature phrase, “Mamba Out.” The towel ended up within the palms of a fan as Bryant walked off the courtroom and was then bought a number of occasions earlier than the most recent on-line public sale.
The successful bid on Sunday was $33,077. The purchaser additionally acquired two used tickets to the April 13, 2016 Lakers recreation.
Bryant scored 60 factors within the Lakers’ 101-96 win over the Utah Jazz that evening.
Jeff Woolf, president of Iconic Auctions, informed American information broadcaster Source that the successful bidder is legendary for having a big Lakers memorabilia assortment.
“He is a devoted Lakers fan,” Woolf mentioned. “His long-term plan is to create a museum in southern California.”
Bryant died in January at age 41 in a helicopter crash near Los Angeles that killed eight others, together with his daughter Gianna.
Bryant performed his total 20-year NBA profession with the Lakers. The celebrity guard led the membership to 5 NBA titles throughout his keep.
He was an 18-time NBA All-Star and the 2008 NBA Most Valuable Player and likewise helped the United States seize Olympic gold in 2008 at Beijing and 2012 in London.