According to Philly.com Kobe Bryant’s mother Pamela has been asking him for years about the jerseys and trophies that he left behind at her house. And each time, Bryant has indicated to his mother that he doesn’t want the items.
But apparently, Kobe had a change of heart when he caught wind that his mother was planning to auction off the items, which would be worth about $1.5 million, to buy a house in Nevada. So through his lawyer, he has sent a cease and desist letter to Goldin Auctions L.L.C citing that Pamela Bryant does not own the items.
“Mr. Bryant’s personal property has ended up in the possession of someone who does not lawfully own it,” [Kobe Bryant's Los Angeles lawyer, Mark Campbell of Loeb & Loeb L.L.P. ] said in an e-mailed statement.
“We look forward to resolving this legal matter through the legal system. There will be no further comment at this time.”
In response, Goldin Auctions owner, Ken Goldin filed suit in federal court “asking the judge to clarify ownership of the memorabilia and clear the way for the auction.”
According to the lawsuit, Pamela Bryant had been storing some of her son’s memorabilia for at least 15 years – his high school uniform shorts and jerseys date back to 1994 and there’s even a Sonny Hill League Future Stars Champion trophy from 1992, when he was still in middle school.
Seven or eight years ago, well after Kobe had gotten married, Pamela Bryant asked her son’s wife, Vanessa, if she wanted the items. She said no – those items belonged to the past, according to the suit.
And so, five years ago, the lawsuit says, Pamela Bryant packed up the jerseys, the championship rings, and award plaques, spending $1,500 a month to store and insure them in West Berlin.
“Pamela Bryant indicated to Ken Goldin that Kobe Bryant has never demanded the return of any of the items, nor were they in any way taken from [him] without his permission,” the suit says.
Along with the $1.5 million that the items are expected to bring, Pamela Bryant has already received a pre-auction consigning fee of $450,000. So in other words, she’s found herself a pretty good come up.