Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers has sued a New Jersey auction house, Goldin Auctions, in Federal court to stop the auction of his personal belongings.

How did the auction house get hold of Kobe’s personal belongings?  His Mother!

Kobe claims that he never gave his items to his mother.  He and his wife insist that they had asked her to return the items so Kobe could give them to his own children.  According to several sources, he maintains that his mother “cleared out his former boyhood bedroom without his permission to obtain sports memorabilia for an unauthorized auction.”  He also asserts that his mother and the auction house obtained “possession of items that he had in his house, without his knowledge.”

Items Kobe’s Mother Gave The New Jersey Auction House:

According to sources, in return for a $450,000 advance, Kobe’s mother gave Goldin Auctions permission to sell “more than 100 items from Kobe’s childhood” including the following:

  • Kobe’s high school game-worn uniforms
  • Kobe’s NBA championship rings
  • Kobe’s high school Varsity letters
  • Teen Choice Award Surfboard

Goldin Auctions has not backed down and seeks court permission to go ahead with the auction.  Imagine How much money the auction house can make auctioning off Kobe's items!  Kobe’s memorabilia is allegedly worth more than $1.5 million!

According to Forbes, Kobe post on twitter stated, “When u give Give GIVE and they take Take TAKE at wat point do u draw a line in the sand? #hurtbeyondmeasure #gavemenowarning #love?”

I can’t help but feel bad for Kobe.  I hope he gets his belongings back.

I hope Kobe plans to distribute the rest of his property through legally drafted estate planning documents… What are your thoughts?