A judge this week temporarily blocked Kobe Bryant's mother from auctioning off some of the Los Angeles Lakers star's basketball memorabilia, according to TMZ.com. Last month, Bryant's lawyers ordered New Jersey-based Goldin Auctions to cease-and-desist selling off the items, the online auction house filed a lawsuit against Bryant. Pamela Bryant sold the items to Goldin Auctions. Kobe Bryant contends that his mother does not have the right to sell the items, but she claims in the lawsuit that he told her years ago that he does not want them. The Los Angeles Times reported that the items include: two championship rings Bryant gave to his parents after the Lakers won the 2000 NBA championship; a signed basketball from that team; his 1996 Pennsylvania high school championship ring and sweatsuits he wore at Lower Merion High; high school jerseys with the numbers 24 and 33; several trophies; and an award from the 1999 Teen Choice Awards in the shape of a surfboard. Kobe Bryant specifically included the Teen Choice Award in Wednesday's court case filing. "It was last seen by me in my personal residence," he wrote. "I do not know how my mother or Goldin obtained possession of this award but it was without my permission." Goldin expects to sell the items for at least $1 million, according to court documents. The auction house already gave Pamela Bryant a $450,000 advance for the items.
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