Kobe Bryant’s MVP Game-Worn Jersey Could Become The Most Expensive Ever Sold

Kobe’s Lakers jersey from his sole MVP season is estimated to be worth up to $7 million.

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January 26 marks three years since Kobe Bryant died alongside his daughter in a tragic helicopter accident. The sports world and beyond met the tragedy with an outpouring of support that culminated with more than a dozen new tribute murals around L.A., Bryant’s hometown since the superstar shooting guard started his twenty-year career with the Lakers in 1996.

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Now, the same jersey that Bryant tugs at in the famed mural by Jonas Never, near L.A.’s Staples Center, is headed to an online auction with Sotheby’s in February. Valued at $5 million to $7 million, this signed piece of sports history could become the most expensive basketball jersey ever sold, shattering the previous record set by another Bryant jersey that went for $3.7 million in 2021.

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Bidding runs February 2 through 9—inaugurating Sotheby’s ZENITH sale, which will offer memorabilia from unparalleled legends like Tom Brady, Michael Jordan, and Roger Federer.

The “Black Mamba” changed his Lakers jersey number from 8 to 24 in 2016, halfway through his career and tenure with the team. The jersey in question hails from the 2007-08 season, Bryant’s only MVP season, during which he scored a staggering 645 points in 25 games for an average of 25.8 points per game.

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Bryant also wore this jersey in Game 2 of the Western Conference First Round series in 2008 against the Denver Nuggets, when he sank a three-pointer with 5 minutes left in the last quarter to secure a monumental 14-point lead for the Lakers. The triumphant image of Bryant tugging at his jersey in the Staples Center mural hails from a photo taken just moments after that victory.

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Bryant’s legendary jersey, an iconic piece of memorabilia that’s now sports, will go on public view at Sotheby’s New York from February 1 -7 before hitting the block alongside a collection of photographs from Greg Cohen that immortalize Bryant tribute murals across Los Angeles.

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