The rings are the thing for Kobe Bryant’s parents. His rings, that is.
It what may signal the end of a bitter memorabilia dispute, two of Bryant’s replica NBA championship rings sold on Friday for $174,184 and $108,153, respectively.
They were part of an auction as part of the settlement between Bryant and his parents, who tried to sell close to 100 of Bryant’s items that the LA Lakers star alleged weren’t theirs to sell. The auction closed Saturday morning.
Other than the rings, Gold Auctions forked over Bryant’s 2000 NBA All-Star ring ($55,597) and two game-used high school jerseys ($50,150 and $41,694).
With Kobe Bryant rehabbing from his torn Achilles, he’s chosen to sport a different kind of jersey. It’s a good thing his parents probably haven’t seen these photos yet, either.
Bryant’s auction got us thinking out other strange items that athletes have been forced to pawn off due to weird circumstances. Here’s a quick hit list:
• Of all the items beleaguered former slugger Jose Canseco has tried to sell — a dragon painting of Bud Selig and his infamous home-run hat — we’d have to say selling himself was probably the saddest thing we’ve seen.
• Remember when Lawrence Taylor sold his Super Bowl ring for more than $230k?
• And when Jose Reyes was with the New York Mets, he auctioned off his hair for charity.
For a longer list of athletes who have sold their iconic items, click here.