Kobe Bryant's farewell game signed memorabilia sells for close to $180,000

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Kobe Bryant's final game is a day that L.A. Lakers fans are never likely to forget. Bryant went out in typical Mamba fashion as he dropped 60 points, including the game-winner, to hand the Purple and Gold just their 17th win of the campaign. 

It was a night filled with passion and emotion at the Staples Center as not just the Lakers, but the whole of the NBA paid tribute to a man who had entertained millions over the past 20 years on his way to five championship rings and an MVP award. 

Since that game, where he took a mammoth 50 field goal attempts as Los Angeles won 101-96, fans have been trying to get a piece of memorabilia to remember the shooting guard by.

The Lakers sold $1.2 million of Bryant merchandise during the farewell game in April and a towel the 37-year-old used during and after the encounter with Utah was sold last week for $8,365. 

Now a section of the court has been bought for an incredible price. The Pacific Division franchise marked his goodbye by printing the famous jersey numbers eight and 24 on the hardwood. 

Following the game, Kobe signed both and the eight was put up for auction on behalf of the Lakers Youth Foundation. The four panels that measured four feet by eight feet each were snapped up by an anonymous bidder for the price of $179,100. 

From the moment Bryant announced his plans to retire, the 2015-16 Lakers campaign was focused heavily on saying goodbye to a legend - it was the only joy in a season that saw them finish bottom of the Western Conference.

The final game was always going to be an expensive night and people wanting tickets were having to pay through the nose with the cheapest price around $888 - the most expensive were in excess of $25,000.


But now the dust has settled, it is time for the franchise to look forward and plan for their first season without Kobe since 1995-96. Byron Scott has already been shown the door following three years that saw the Lakers record consecutive franchise-worst finishes. He has been replaced by Golden State Warriors assistant Luke Walton. 

Last night it was revealed that the Purple and Gold had won the second pick in the upcoming draft and it is likely to mean settling on either Brandon Ingram or Ben Simmons depending on who the Philadelphia 76ers choose first. 

With a young core of D'Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson - who is a restricted free agent - and Julius Randle, along with around $60 million in cap room, it will be an exciting summer for the organisation. 

After years of struggle, there appears to be a faint sense of optimism around the City of Angels. Tha Lakers could be on their way back.

Kobe Bryant
L.A. Lakers
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Julius Randle

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