'Bag of air' from Kobe Bryant's last game was being sold for $15,000

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Last week, the unprecedented interest in Kobe Bryant's final NBA game was summed up by the fact some fans were willing to pay $17,000 for courtside seats to the Black Mamba's swansong.

Five days on from his phenomenal 60 point game, however, even that looks normal when compared to a Kobe-related 'product' receiving bids on eBay.

As reported by numerous publications, people have been bidding as much as $15,000 to secure a "bag of air" supposedly taken from the Staples Center last Wednesday.

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That's right, there are some people out there willing to shell out thosands of dollars for what something that is virtually impossible to authenticate. If this doesn't sum up Bryant's legendary status, what does?

Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your perspective) with the bids spiralling out of control, eBay have now stepped in to take down the listing from their website.

The same can also be said for another item described as 'Kobe Bryant Last Game Used Air Autograph Bag 60pts'. The latter was going for $4,999 and claimed to have been autographed by Bryant himself. The seller did, though, admit they themselves had bought it "from a guy off of Craigslist."

While the attempts to make money off of Kobe's NBA finale appear to have reached truly bizarre levels in recent days, more traditional merchandise sales still brought in huge profit.

As noted last week, the Staples Center took a record $1.2 million in merchandise sales on the night of Kobe's final performance with each of the 18,000-odd fans in attendence spending $60 on merchandise on average.

As one of the most memorable moments in the NBA's regular season history, it is no surprise that fans were so keen to get a keepsake from the event. Even Bryant's teammate, Nick Young, got in on the act with a signed box score.

The crazy scenes that surrounded the Lakers - Jazz game were the culmination of a season of tributes to the future Hall of Famer.

Bidding on bags of air from the Staples Center doesn't sound quite as odd when you remember, just a few weeks ago, Lakers fans were wrestling in the stands for the opportunity to smell Bryant's shooting sleeve.

The five-time NBA champion may not have been able to walk away from the league at the height of his powers. Nevertheless, the furore surrounding his departure is proof that he leaves as one of the game's biggest ever stars.

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