Kobe Bryant’s ‘Mamba out’ towel goes for more than $50,000 at auction

When Kobe Bryant took the mic for his "Mamba out" remarks after the final game of his NBA career, he draped a sweaty towel like a cape across his shoulders as he spoke to the crowd.

That towel, along with tickets for his last game, fetched more than $US30,000 in an online auction on Sunday.

Kobe Bryant speaks to fans in LA after his final NBA game.Credit:AP

There were 16 bids on the items, part of Iconic Auctions' March collection, and the winner was David Kohler, the founder of SCP Auctions and an avid Los Angeles Lakers collector. "He is a devoted Lakers fan," Jeff Woolf, the Iconic president, told CNN. "His long-term plan is to create a museum in Southern California."

The winning bid of $33,077.16 ($A53,721) is nearly four times what the towel by itself sold for at auction in 2016, shortly after his retirement. Memorabilia associated with the Lakers great has increased in value in the months since Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others were killed in a helicopter crash on January 26 in Calabasas, California.

The towel from Bryant's postgame speech to fans at Staples Centre on April 13, 2016, bears Body Armor logos and was taken from his shoulders by a fan as he left the court. That fan reached out to Iconic last month to resell it.

In Iconic's February auction, Kohler paid nearly $30,000 for a 1992 Bala Cynwyd (Pennsylvania) Middle School yearbook with a note written by Bryant, who was 13 at the time.

"In a few years you probably will be dunking on me – Not!!" Bryant, who went on to attend high school in Lower Merion, Pennsylvania, wrote. "How about those Lakers. Your friend, Kobe Bryant. #24."

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