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Kobe Bryant Memorabilia Auction Gets Underway In Newport Beach

NEWPORT BEACH ( — What do you get when you cross "Storage Wars" with the stuff of a Lakers legend?

A Kobe Bryant memorabilia auction, that's what.

After a lengthy legal dispute with his parents, nearly 100 memorabilia items belonging to Bryant will be for sale at the Newport Sports Museum in Newport Beach starting Tuesday.

Bryant reached an agreement in June with a New Jersey auction house over the rights to two Lower Merion High School basketball uniforms, his 2000 NBA All-Star Game ring, a pair of 2000 Lakers NBA Championship Rings and a rare high school basketball medal awarded to Bryant from Magic's Roundball Classic.

The items, which are currently being offered by Goldin Auctions through July 19, were originally consigned by Bryant's parents.

Half of the winning bid price from four of the items will go to benefit the BULLY Project along with four other youth outreach programs, according to Goldin Auctions.

"We are thrilled to partner with The BULLY Project and the Newport Sports Museum so that fans of all ages can enjoy these rare collectibles from one of Los Angeles' most popular athletes ever," said auction house founder Ken Goldin. "It is especially appropriate to display these items in this museum which was established to showcase professional athletes as role models to youngsters."

The items will be on display at the museum at 100 Newport Center Drive from July 9-12 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admittance is free of charge to all children.

For more information, visit the Goldin Auctions website.

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