Kobe Bryant’s MVP Season Lakers Jersey Sells for $5.8 Million at Sotheby’s
Sotheby’s have smashed another sports memorabilia record with the recent sale of Kobe Bryant’s Lakers jersey worn during his MVP run in the 2007–8 NBA season for $5.8 million. This is the most valuable Kobe item sold at auction and the second-most valuable basketball jersey ever sold.
The jersey was a lot in Sotheby’s ‘ZENITH’ collection, which curated items from athletes with extremely successful careers. In Bryant’s case, the late basketball star is frequently part of the GOAT debate.
‘This jersey is iconic in a way we seldom see in sports artefacts, having been worn by Kobe in 25 games over the course of the 2007–2008 NBA season, which was his only MVP season. The image of Kobe wearing this particular jersey during the NBA playoffs has permeated popular culture, reprinted on murals, books, newspapers and more, and has become a symbol of his fierce determination and passion that has resonated with audiences across the world. With today’s result, Sotheby’s is proud to now hold the record for any game-worn items of sports memorabilia from basketball’s trifecta: Kobe, Jordan, and LeBron,’ said Sotheby’s vice president and head of streetwear and modern collectables, Brahm Wachter.
In 2022, Bryant’s rookie season jersey sold at auction for $2.73 million. The most valuable basketball jersey sold to date is the one worn by Michael Jordan during his 1998 finals run, which went for $10.1 million.