A common story you hear or one day will say while looking at the price of a childhood toy or item you owned was how you wish you still had it but your Mom threw it away when you left the bird’s nest.
In Kobe Bryant’s case, the items he left behind aren’t going to end up on the Toy Hunter TV show selling for a couple hundred dollars; his items are worth over 1.5 million dollars and are going to end up at an auction this summer. That is unless Kobe has something to say about Mama selling his high school memorabilia.
Before you start blasting Kobe, according to his mom, Kobe said those items belong to her and have been in her possession for years. Kobe’s lawyer is saying other wise in a statement, “Mr. Bryant’s personal property has ended up in the possession of someone who does not lawfully own it. We look forward to resolving this legal matter through the legal system.”
Kobe! Pick up the phone and call your Mom!
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The disagreement is a high-value, high-profile version of a question many families face: Can Mom get rid of the stuff a grown child left at home?
In this case, the 900 mementoes happen to be worth upward of $1.5 million.
Among the first 100 or so items Pamela Bryant intends to sell: the NBA star’s jerseys, practice gear and sweatsuits from Lower Merion High School; varsity letters; a trophy for being the outstanding player at the 1995 Adidas ABCD basketball camp; and a signed basketball from the 2000 NBA championship game.
And then there are rings, for the 1996 Pennsylvania high school championship, a pair that the Lakers made for Bryant’s parents for the 2000 NBA championship and one from the 1998 NBA All-Star game.
According to court filings, Pamela Bryant struck a deal in January with Goldin Auctions in Berlin, N.J., which earlier this year sold a rare Honus Wagner baseball card for a record $2.1 million.
She got $450,000 up front, which she intended to use for a new home in Nevada.
In its court filings, Goldin says Pamela Bryant told the auction house that she asked her son five years ago what he wanted to do with the items that were in her home.
“Kobe Bryant indicated to Pamela Bryant that the items belonged to her and that he had no interest in them,” the auction house’s attorneys wrote. So she put them in a $1,500-per-month New Jersey storage unit.