LAKERS RINGS HE GIFTED PARENTS
HIT AUCTION BLOCK
The 14 k gold and diamond Lakers championship rings Kobe Bryant purchased for his parents could now be YOURS – – because the jewelry is hitting the auction block . .. TMZ Sports has learned .
According to Goldin Auctions , Kobe bought two identical , blinged out rings for his parents to commemorate his first NBA championship with the Lakers following the 1999 , 2000 season .
The rings — which contain 40 diamonds each — are the same rings the players got after beating the Indiana Pacers . They’ re legit and they ‘ re awesome.
The rings have an interesting backstory .. . Kobe’ s mom, Pamela Bryant , famously tried to sell the rings, along with a bunch of other Kobe memorabilia back in the day .. . and Kobe sued to try and stop the sale .
Kobe ultimately agreed to allow his parents to sell 6 items — including the rings — and, in 2013 , they sold to a private collector ( a big Lakers fan ) for a total of $ 280 ,000 .
Now , that collector is ready to part ways .. . and went back to Goldin Auctions to make the sale .
The auction is officially underway – – and starting bids are $ 35 , 000 for Joe “Jellybean” Bryant ‘ s ring and $ 20 , 000 for Pamela Bryant ‘ s ring . They’ re expected to fetch hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Kobe and the Lakers won the series 4 games to 1 . Shaquille O’ Neal was named Finals MVP .