The battle over Kobe Bryant’s high school jerseys, awards and other memorabilia was back in court Tuesday.
A federal judge in New Jersey set the trial date but attorneys for both sides will be back in court before then to see if they can work it out without going that far. That was the judge’s suggestion.
Kobe Bryant’s mother, Pamela, consigned numerous items to the auction company, saying they were essentially abandoned by her son. She’s been paying storage rent and insurance on the items for several years.
Last week, however, Kobe Bryant tried to stop the auction, saying he’d never given his mother permission to sell his Lower Merion jerseys and other memorabilia.
The auction was scheduled for next month and Pamela Bryant has already received a $450,000 advance on auction proceeds.
According to USA Today, Kobe’s father and grandmother both told the court he never expressed any interest in the items and filed declarations in support of the auction company going forward with the sale, while Kobe’s sister told the court she’s in her brother’s corner because Pamela Bryant seemed to be ready to sell anything, any time.
Meanwhile, Philly.com says if there is a trial, it could be quite a reunion.