Kobe Bryant's first half All-Star jersey sold for NBA-record $100,040

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Kobe Bryant made his final All-Star appearance at the Air Canda Center in Toronto back in February on what proved to be an emotional night for the NBA and the departing legend. 

Having been selected for his 18th All-Star game, Kobe made his 16th appearance and finished the contest - which the Western Conference won 196-173 - with ten points and seven assists. 

Following his final appearance at the showpiece event, the NBA decided to auction the jersey he wore in the first-half and it destroyed all previous records for merchandise sold on the official auctioning site.

His jersey went for an astounding $100,040 on the site that has been active since 2006 and almost doubled the previous record of $50,040 set when LeBron James' jersey from his first game back with the Cleveland Cavaliers was sold.

It is no surprise the item went for such a high price given the Black Mamba's standing in the league. The Los Angeles Lakers legend will retire as one of the greatest to ever step foot on the hardwood and fans are desperate to get their final Kobe moment.


Tickets for his last game are in high demand and a seat inside the lower bowl of the Staples Center costs around $2,000. Even a ticket up in the bleachers will set you back around $700. 

Bryant's farewell tour has been an emotional ride that has seen the number 24 given a brilliant sendoff at every arena he has competed in for the final time. 

His reception in Boston was a night he will never forget. The intense rivalry between the two franchises was put aside as the crowd inside the TD Garden rose to their feet in appreciation of the legend before he produced a double-double for one final win. 

The Oracle Arena was an equally special night as a video tribute from Jerry West played on the big screen moved the 37-year-old who was visibly emotional on the bench. 

The five-time NBA champion departs the league a legend and is a sure-fire Hall of Fame inductee. He played a huge role in helping the Lakers dominate through the '00s, whether that be part of the three-peat alongside Shaquille O'Neal or leading them to back-to-back successes with the help of Pau Gasol. 

He would have ideally liked to go out on top, but it has been another frustrating season for the franchise. However, Kobe has used his final campaign to pass on his wealth of experience to the young guys like D'Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson. 

Career averages of 25 points and 4.7 assists per 36.2 minutes of basketball are nothing to be scoffed at and if he can pass his knowledge on to the younger generation, the Lakers have a bright future.

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