Kobe Bryant’s Lakers Jersey Could Fetch a Record $7 Million at Sotheby’s
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Kobe Bryant’s Lakers Jersey Could Fetch a Record $7 Million at Sotheby’s

By FANG BLOCK
Fri, Jan 13, 2023 8:35amGrey Clock 2 min

A Los Angeles Lakers jersey regularly worn and signed by Kobe Bryant will be auctioned next month with a high estimate of US$7 million, making it the most valuable Bryant jersey to appear on the open market.

The late basketball star wore the gold jersey on Lakers media day on Oct. 1, 2007, and throughout the NBA Western Conference finals on May 9, 2008. During the 2007-08 season, he scored 645 points in the same jersey over 25 games, according to Sotheby’s, which is handling the auction. He was named league’s most valuable player that year, his only MVP season.

This is also the only gold jersey Bryant wore during the 2008 NBA playoffs, Sotheby’s said. He wore it again for his official MVP portrait that year.

“Sports artifacts with this type of long-term, heavy wear are a rarity in the collecting space, with many modern items worn for just a single game,” Brahm Wachter, Sotheby’s head of streetwear and modern collectables, said in a news release.

This jersey has been featured in murals and artworks depicting the basketball legend across the globe. There are more than 15 such murals in California alone, including the painting by artist Jonas Never located near the team’s arena in Los Angeles, according to Sotheby’s.

Photo by Greg Cohen of Los Angeles Kobe Bryant mural by Jonas Never is included in the lot. Courtesy of Sotheby’s

A shooting guard, Bryant spent his entire 20-year professional career with the Lakers. He appeared in 18 All-Star games, won two Finals MVP awards, and two gold medals on the 2008 and 2012 U.S. Olympic teams.

Bryant, along with his daughter Gianna and seven others, died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, Calif., in 2020. He was 41.

The jersey will be sold at Sotheby’s online from Feb. 2-9, with bidding starting at US$5 million. It will be on public exhibition from Feb. 1-7 in Sotheby’s New York galleries.

The auction house declined to disclose the identity of the consignor. The jersey is offered with a collection of photographs of Bryant in this jersey taken by Greg Cohen, and a number of related items, including artwork, t-shirts, pins, books, and more.

The current record for any item of Kobe Bryant sports memorabilia is a game-worn and autographed jersey from his 1996-97 rookie season. It sold for US$3.7 million in 2021 at Goldin Auctions.



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Luxury watch collectors showed ongoing strong demand for Patek Philippe, growing interest in modern watches and a preference for larger case sizes and leather straps at the June watch sales in New York, according to an analysis of the major auctions.

Independent and neo-vintage categories, meanwhile, experienced declines in total sales and average prices, said the report from  EveryWatch, a global online platform for watch information. Overall, the New York auctions achieved total sales of US$52.27 million, a 9.87% increase from the previous year, on the sale of 470 lots, reflecting a 37% increase in volume. Unsold rates ticked down a few points to 5.31%, according to the platform’s analysis.

EveryWatch gathered data from official auction results for sales held in New York from June 5 to 10 at Christie’s, Phillips, and Sotheby’s. Limited to watch sales exclusively, each auction’s data was reviewed and compiled for several categories, including total lots, sales and sold rates, highest prices achieved, performance against estimates, sales trends in case materials and sizes as well as dial colors, and more. The resulting analysis provides a detailed overview of market trends and performance.

The Charles Frodsham Pocket watch sold at Phillips for $433,400.

“We still see a strong thirst for rare, interesting, and exceptional watches, modern and vintage alike, despite a little slow down in the market overall,” says Paul Altieri, founder and CEO of the California-based pre-owned online watch dealer BobsWatches.com, in an email. “The results show that there is still a lot of money floating around out there in the economy looking for quality assets.”

Patek Philippe came out on top with more than US$17.68 million on the sale of 122 lots. It also claimed the top lot: Sylvester Stallone’s Patek Philippe GrandMaster Chime 6300G-010, still in the sealed factory packaging, which sold at Sotheby’s for US$5.4 million, much to the dismay of the brand’s president, Thierry Stern . The London-based industry news website WatchPro estimates the flip made the actor as much as US$2 million in just a few years.

At Christie’s, the top lot was a Richard Mille Limited Edition RM56-02 AO Tourbillon Sapphire
Richard Mille

“As we have seen before and again in the recent Sotheby’s sale, provenance can really drive prices higher than market value with regards to the Sylvester Stallone Panerai watches and his standard Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711/1a offered,” Altieri says.

Patek Philippe claimed half of the top 10 lots, while Rolex and Richard Mille claimed two each, and Philippe Dufour claimed the No. 3 slot with a 1999 Duality, which sold at Phillips for about US$2.1 million.

“In-line with EveryWatch’s observation of the market’s strong preference for strap watches, the top lot of our auction was a Philippe Dufour Duality,” says Paul Boutros, Phillips’ deputy chairman and head of watches, Americas, in an email. “The only known example with two dials and hand sets, and presented on a leather strap, it achieved a result of over US$2 million—well above its high estimate of US$1.6 million.”

In all, four watches surpassed the US$1 million mark, down from seven in 2023. At Christie’s, the top lot was a Richard Mille Limited Edition RM56-02 AO Tourbillon Sapphire, the most expensive watch sold at Christie’s in New York. That sale also saw a Richard Mille Limited Edition RM52-01 CA-FQ Tourbillon Skull Model go for US$1.26 million to an online buyer.

Rolex expert Altieri was surprised one of the brand’s timepieces did not crack the US$1 million threshold but notes that a rare Rolex Daytona 6239 in yellow gold with a “Paul Newman John Player Special” dial came close at US$952,500 in the Phillips sale.

The Crown did rank second in terms of brand clout, achieving sales of US$8.95 million with 110 lots. However, both Patek Philippe and Rolex experienced a sales decline by 8.55% and 2.46%, respectively. The independent brand Richard Mille, with US$6.71 million in sales, marked a 912% increase from the previous year with 15 lots, up from 5 lots in 2023.

The results underscored recent reports of prices falling on the secondary market for specific coveted models from Rolex, Patek Philippe, and Audemars Piguet. The summary points out that five top models produced high sales but with a fall in average prices.

The Rolex Daytona topped the list with 42 appearances, averaging US$132,053, a 41% average price decrease. Patek Philippe’s Nautilus, with two of the top five watches, made 26 appearances with an average price of US$111,198, a 26% average price decrease. Patek Philippe’s Perpetual Calendar followed with 23 appearances and a US$231,877 average price, signifying a fall of 43%, and Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak had 22 appearances and an average price of US$105,673, a 10% decrease. The Rolex Day Date is the only watch in the top five that tracks an increase in average price, which at US$72,459 clocked a 92% increase over last year.

In terms of categories, modern watches (2005 and newer) led the market with US$30 million in total sales from 226 lots, representing a 53.54% increase in sales and a 3.78% increase in average sales price over 2023. Vintage watches (pre-1985) logged a modest 6.22% increase in total sales and an 89.89% increase in total lots to 169.

However, the average price was down across vintage, independent, and neo-vintage (1990-2005) watches. Independent brands saw sales fall 24.10% to US$8.47 million and average prices falling 42.17%, while neo-vintage watches experienced the largest decline in sales and lots, with total sales falling 44.7% to US$8.25 million, and average sales price falling 35.73% to US$111,000.

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