- A ring basketball star Kobe Bryant gave to his mum 20 years ago has been sold for R3.6 million
- A private collector who bought the ring from Kobe's mum in 2013 successfully auctioned it and plans to sell more of the player's merchandise
- Kobe's dad received an identical ring 20 years ago as well
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A 14-carat gold ring deceased basketball player Kobe Bryant gave to his mum has been sold for R3.6 million.
He gifted her the diamond-encrusted gem 20 years back so she could always remember his first NBA championship with the Lakers.
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Kobe’s father received an identical ring two decades ago as well.
Before the legend - famously referred to as Black Mamba - died, he was at loggerheads with his mum and dad after they tried to sell his rings and other merchandise.
The player even sued his mum Pamela Bryant in an attempt to slow down the sale process.
But eventually, in 2013, the late dunking legend and his folks reached an agreement and they were allowed to sell off six items from the collection.
The two rings were included in the shortlist and the lucky recipient was a private collector whose identity was sealed.
According to TMZ, seven years after buying the items the unnamed collector auctioned the gems and bagged millions from the sale.
The price of the ring went up and he pocketed way more than he had spent in 2013.
The collector also plans to sell off the ring Kobe’s dad Joe Bryant received as a gift from his son.
Kobe, his daughter Gianna and seven other passengers died on January 26, 2020, after an aircraft they had boarded crashed in Calabasas, US.
The group was travelling to the baller’s sports school, Mamba Sports Academy.
His death was felt by the whole world and a huge memorial was held to celebrate Kobe’s life and that of his daughter.
He left behind a wife and three daughters.
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