Cha-ching! Kobe Bryant‘s jersey from his MVP season sold for $5.8 million on Thursday, setting a new record.
The late basketball star wore the jersey for 25 games during his ’07-’08 season, where he averaged 28.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 5.4 assists as he led the Lakers to the NBA Finals for the first time since Shaquille O’Neal left. The jersey is now the most expensive Kobe Bryant item ever sold at auction and the second most valuable jersey ever to be sold at auction.
“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 Brahm Wachter, Sotheby’s head of streetwear and modern collectables, in a statement.
The previous Kobe memorabilia sale record was set by a game-worn and autographed basketball jersey from the ’96-’97 season. It sold in 2021 for $3.7 million.
The lucky buyer of the MVP jersey has not been named.