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  • Writer's pictureEd Gaines

Kobe Bryant’s Jersey As a Rookie in Playoffs Sold For $2.7 Million

A jersey worn by Kobe Bryant in his rookie season, including two playoff games, has sold at auction for $2.73 million.

SCP Auctions said the buyer wished to remain anonymous as did the seller, who had the jersey for 25 years.

The winning bidder acquired the No. 8 jersey Bryant wore for the Lakers in regular-season wins at the old Forum on April 13, 1997, against Utah and April 17, 1997, against Sacramento. The jersey’s authenticity was verified by independent authenticators, who photo-matched it.

Bryant was killed on Jan. 26, 2020, in a Calabasas helicopter crash that also took the lives of his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others.

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