This past NBA season was major for many reasons, one of which was due to the announcement of Kobe Bryant’s retirement. In his final career game against the Utah Jazz on April 13, Los Angeles’ Staples Center was packed to the brim with celebrities and notables from the entertainment world. In the game, Bryant scored 60 points and gave a farewell speech at mid-court afterward.
Of the many commemorative elements of his farewell game, four panels of the Staples Center floor were made specifically to honor Bryant. The NBA conducted an online auction on behalf of the Lakers Youth Foundation and the signature piece of the hardwood, which has Kobe’s jersey number 24 emblazoned onto it, sold for a whopping $179,100. An NBA rep shared that the buyer preferred to remain anonymous. Furthermore, a towel that Bryant wore during and after his final game also sold for $8,365. Yikes!