This Famous, Game-Worn Kobe Jersey Could Fetch Up To $7 Million

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There’s little to say about Kobe Bryant that league analysts and basketball fans worldwide haven’t yet. Sotheby’s upcoming single-lot jersey auction speaks for itself, proving that a picture can be worth a thousand words, 645 points, and as much as $7 million.

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Worn in 25 total games of Bryant’s only MVP campaign (although what many argue should’ve been his third), this game-worn jersey is a piece of sports history that few players are notable enough to rival, as Bryant scored a total of 645 points in it. Adding to its mystique, Kobe wore the now-signed no. 24 jersey the night he was awarded the Most Valuable Player trophy in front of the Lakers faithful. And while that’s likely enough to convince die-hard fans to place a bid in and of itself, the most significant photo to ever feature this jersey isn’t accompanied by the Mamba’s regular season hardware. 

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In Game 2 of the eventual Western Conference champs’ first-round matchup against Denver in 2008, Bryant drilled a triple to secure his team’s largest lead in the night; he went on to scream, pump this exact jersey, and star in one of the most iconic photos in league history. Originally snapped by photographer Greg Cohen, this image has been replicated in countless murals around the globe, seamlessly capturing the essence of Bryant’s on-court passion. Moreover, the auction winner will also receive the photos. And while he also wore the jersey in a handful of pre-and-regular-season games, it is the only gold Lakers jersey Kobe wore in the postseason en route to his first Finals appearance without Shaquille O’Neal.

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Bidding for Kobe Bryant’s jersey from his MVP season will begin on February 1 through Sotheby’s and is estimated to garner between $5-7 million.