July 20, 2013
Kobe Bryant sued his parents, more specifically, his mom, over her effort to auction off her son’s personal items.. One of those items, Kobe’s 2000 Lakers Championship Ring (reportedly one of two crafted,) sold at auction for $174,184.
A duplicate of [Bryant's] 2000 Los Angeles Lakers championship ring, gifted to his father Joe, sold for $174,184. A version in a smaller size, made for his mother Pam, went for $108,153.
Other items that commanded top dollar in the sale, conducted by New Jersey-based Goldin Auctions, included Bryant’s 2000 NBA All-Star ring ($55,597), and two of his game-used high school uniforms ($50,150 and $41,694).
The ring presented to his father commanded great interest partly because it was in the exact size of Kobe’s ring (11½).
The top prize in sports is constructed from diamonds and gold. Technically the ring was never donned personally by Bryant himself.