WASHINGTON: Basketball legend Kobe Bryant's towel, which was draped over his shoulder while he gave his farewell speech in his final game back in 2016, has been sold for more than $33,000.
At a virtual auction on Sunday, Bryant's towel along with two tickets to his final games were sold for $33,077.16. The data was given by the president of Iconic Auctions, Jeff Woolf reports CNN. A letter of authenticity from Iconic Auctions accompanied the items.
Bryant played his final game with the Los Angeles Lakers on April 13, 2016, at the Staples Center and scored 60 points against Utaz Jazz. His trademark "Mamba Out" concluded his speech before he walked off the stage. A fan grabbed the towel, beginning a stretch in which that souvenir has been sold multiple times.
David Kohler, who is known for having the largest collection of Lakers memorabilia in the whole world, made the final winning bid, said Woolf.
Earlier this month, Kohler also brought a middle school yearbook for $30,000 that was signed by the late legend.
Bryant and his with his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, were killed in a helicopter crash on January 26th in Calabasas, California. A total of nine casualties were reported in the unfortunate accident.
He finished his playing career as the Lakers' all-time leading points scorer and is fourth on the NBA's all-time list with 33,643 points. He won gold for the US at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics. He even won an Academy Award for his animated short film 'Dear Basketball' in 2018.