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    Over $800K worth of Kobe Bryant merchandise sold during jersey retirement ceremony

    Dec 29, 2017
    The author with a signed Kobe Bryant jersey priced at US$800.

    LOS ANGELES - Kobe Bryant's jersey retirement ceremony during halftime of the the Lakers versus Warriors game last December 18 at Staples Center was an emotional event that inspired tears and sadness from the 18,9997 fans in attendance.

    It was also a huge commercial success.

    The tickets for the game sold at an average of $1,477 in the secondary market, according to multiple reports. Parking around the arena also went up playoff level prices.

    But the biggest money maker was the Kobe memorabilia which included customized hats and jerseys.

    According to Sean Ryan of AEG, $824,000 worth of Kobe merchandise was sold on four separate locations that day with Staples Center leading the economic charge with $616,000 in sales.

    It did, however, fall short of the one-day world record sales worth $1.2 million during Bryant's last game on April 17, 2016 at Staples Center.

    Among the items sold last December 18 was a combo of No.8 and 24 jerseys that Kobe signed and was placed inside an oversized frame. It fetched for a cool $6,000. Regular individual jerseys that were signed and put on a regular frame went for $800.

    As expected, celebrities trooped to see Kobe's jerseys hang in the rafters. Among those who made an appearance were actor Jack Nicholson, a slew of rappers and Floyd Mayweather Jr. Also there was 'The Answer' Allen Iverson.

    Laker royalty was there, too - Magic Johnson, Shaq, Jerry West, James Worthy, Kareem- Abdul-Jabbar, Jamaal Wilkes, among others.

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