Twenty years ago, Kobe Bryant gave his parents each a 14k gold-and-diamond ring to commemorate his first NBA championship with the Los Angeles Lakers from the 1999-2000 season.
Since then, his parents both sold their rings, and according to TMZ Sports, the ring Kobe gifted his mother, Pamela Bryant, was recently auctioned off by a private collector for a staggering $206,080.
The bidding, conducted by Golden Auction, had started at $15,000. There were 20 bids in total before it was sold for $206,080 to an anonymous buyer.
The private collector who sold the ring had originally purchased it from Pamela Bryant, along with five other items of Kobe memorabilia, for a total of $280,000 in 2013.
Among those items was a similar ring given to Kobe’s father, Joe “Jellybean” Bryant. That ring is also expected to be auctioned soon, and it could be sold at an ever price higher than Pamela’s ring.
Kobe had initially tried to stop his parents from selling the items with a lawsuit against them, but ultimately agreed to let them follow through with selling the six items.
Kobe, who won five NBA titles in a 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers, was killed in a helicopter crash in Los Angeles on Jan. 26 along with eight others, including his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna. They were en route to Gianna’s basketball game at the Mamba Sports Acaademy in Thousand Oaks.
Kobe will be posthumously inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame this summer.