Kobe Bryant’s Debut NBA Championship Ring Sells for Close to $1 Million Despite Initial Criticism

Kobe Bryant’s 2000 NBA Championship ring sold for nearly $1 million at auction, with the winning price of $927,000. According to auctioneer Goldin, this sale set a new record for the most costly NBA title ring ever sold.

The ring honors Bryant’s first NBA Championship with the Los Angeles Lakers, according to the Daily Mail.Bryant’s 2000 NBA Championship ring exceeded Bill Russell’s 1957 ring from the Boston Celtics, which was auctioned in 2021.

Bryant’s ring was initially a present for his father, Joe ‘Jellybean’ Bryant. Bryant ordered the ring over 20 years ago as a gift for his father.

Goldin confirms that this ring is the same as those worn by Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal, and other Lakers players.

The Bryant family wanted to sell the ring in 2013, but their choice was heavily criticized for potentially devaluing NBA history.

After almost a decade, the ring with 40 diamonds and Bryant’s signature No. 8 was sold with over 40 offers.

Goldin did not reveal the identity of the new owner of Bryant’s championship ring.

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