Kobe Bryant apparently doesn't want his mom to sell his stuff. (Andrew D. Bernstein/NBA/Getty Images)When news circulated earlier this week that New Jersey-based Goldin Auctions was about to open bidding on a cache of heretofore unavailable Kobe Bryant memorabilia — rare game-worn jerseys, high school trophies and awards, rings commemorating a slew of achievements and more — it seemed like a cool opportunity for collectors. I mean, who wouldn't want to shell out a few shekels bidding on the surfboard Kobe won at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards? That's right: Nobody. Everyone wants those things.
As it turns out, though, it's unlikely that you're going to get your chance to bid on any of the stuff in that 100-plus-item lot — because apparently, Kobe didn't think his mom would actually get rid of it all, and he's not OK with selling it off. From Jane M. Von Bergen of the Philadelphia Inquirer:
For years, Pamela Bryant kept asking her son: Do you still want all this stuff that I'm keeping for you — your old basketball jerseys, your sports awards, your high school trophies?
And for years, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court in Camden on Thursday, the son, now 34, was content to let it all sit around at the house.
Until Pamela Bryant, Kobe Bryant's mother, wanted to auction it off for an expected $1.5 million so she could use the money to buy a house in Nevada.
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