Laker fans looking for an iconic keepsake of Kobe Bryant’s legendary career can now bid on a truly unique item — the autographed Staples Center floorboards on which Bryant played his final game.
Before Kobe Bryant left Staples Center for the last time as a Laker — following a highlight-laden final game in 2016 in which he registered 60 points — he walked over to the pieces of the court bearing the two numbers he wore as a Laker, 8 and 24, and autographed each one.
The floorboards bearing No. 8 and his signature are now being auctioned by Heritage Auctions, and as of Thursday, the bidding was at $210,000. The No. 24 floorboards remain at the Lakers’ practice facility. According to Heritage, the auction is open online until Oct. 3, when extended bidding will begin.
“We see a lot of iconic pieces at Heritage Auctions, but this one feels especially profound and even a little overwhelming,” said Chris Ivy, Heritage’s director of sports auctions. “After losing Kobe this year, it’s very special to see something that so uniquely celebrates his career and was actually part of the experience of his unforgettable NBA (final game).”
Bryant, 41, and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna were killed along with seven others in a morning helicopter crash on Jan. 26 in Calabasas. The pair were heading to Bryant’s Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks, where he was set to coach his daughter’s basketball team in a tournament game.
Heritage officials estimate the floorboards could sell for more than $500,000.
The panels are 4-by-8 feet and were removed from Staples Center shortly after the final game, according to the auction house.
The consignor of the floorboards will donate 10% of the sale’s proceeds to the Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation, according to Heritage.
More information and bidding details are available on Heritage’s website, www.ha.com.