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Kobe Files Cease-And-Desist Against Mother Auctioning Memorabilia

NBA: Los Angeles Lakers at Denver NuggetsA New Jersey collectibles firm has found itself right in the middle of a lawsuit between NBA superstar Kobe Bryant and his mother Pamela.

Goldin Auctions was slated to sell more than 100 collectable items from Bryant’s career in the NBA, his years in high school and even a game worn jersey from his years living in Italy — the earliest known worn jersey of the Lakers shooting guard. Goldin gave Pamela a $450,000 advance and were going to give her a 20 percent commission rate on all sales of the memorabilia that was estimated to sell for $1.5 million dollars.

The auction was scheduled to take place this past Tuesday, but Bryant’s lawyers contacted the auction company and filed a cease-and-desist letter and ordered the items to be returned to him.

“Mr. Bryant’s personal property has ended up in the possession of someone who does not lawfully own it. “We look forward to resolving this legal matter through the legal system. There will be no further comment at this time,” said Bryant’s lawyer, Mark Campbell of Loeb & Loeb L.L.P., in a statement.

Following the cease-and-desist letter, Goldin filed a lawsuit against Bryant, asking a judge to clarify the ownership of the items in hopes to rescheduling the auction.

Should U.S. District Judge Renee Bumb, the judge who will decide on this case, rule in Goldin’s favor, the auction will contain items like high school jerseys, trophies, jackets and varsity letters. It will also include a Sonny Hill League Future Stars Champion trophy from 1992, an item from when he was in middle school.

The most prized possession of the auction would be a Bryant NBA championship ring, which Goldin founder Ken Goldin spoke very highly of.

“A team-issued championship ring is among the most treasured of all sports collectibles and the opportunity to own one from an active player as significant as Kobe Bryant is rare,” said Goldin in a company press release.

Pamela planned on using the money from the advance and the commission to buy a new house in Nevada. Neither the lawsuit or the cease-and-desist spoke about the relationship between Bryant and his mother, but the legal issues about memorabilia doesn’t suggest that it’s strong, especially considering Mother’s Day is less than two weeks away.

There has not been a date set for a decision on Goldin Auction’s request.

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Phillip Barnett is the Senior NFL Editor at Sports City and is currently suffering through a decade long (and counting) playoff drought from the Oakland Raiders.

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  • http://twitter.com/dmodmodmo Doug Morgan

    If it’s Kobe’s “property,” why does his mom have it? Maybe because it’s old high school stuff that he didn’t want, but of course his mother kept it (because she’s his mother)?

    Though… most moms like keeping their kids’ old school stuff for nostalgia’s sake. Not to sell it off once they’re famous…

    • Freddie Anderson

      I’m not to sure about the not wanting aspect part of your argument. The fact that his first championship ring is part of the collection states otherwise to me.

      • http://twitter.com/dmodmodmo Doug Morgan

        Oh wow, you’re right! I totally wasn’t even thinking of that…. who does that lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/thomas.cashew Tom Caswell

    A championship ring?! That obviously belongs to him, disgraceful behaviour!

    • yoloswag

      His parents also received their own championship rings.

  • Tae Ju

    I hope Kobe Bryant gets everything back. Fuck that shit.

  • Albert Cruz

    I would think that it’s his parents if he were under 18 yrs old at the time, possession is 9/10ths of the law in this case. Some stuff may have been gifts to them but not meant to sell

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