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Hardwood floor from Kobe Bryant's last game could net $500K in auction
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Hardwood floor from Kobe Bryant's last game could net $500K in auction

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The late Kobe Bryant announced his retirement from basketball in November 2015 in a poem titled "Dear Basketball."

In his final game on April 13, 2016, at the end of the Los Angeles Lakers' worst-ever season as they went 17-65, Bryant scored 60 points in a victory over the Utah Jazz.

The numbers Bryant wore during his career, eight and 24, were painted on the hardwood floor of the Staples Center, and after the game, Bryant signed his name inside the number eight. Now, that piece of hardwood history is up for auction.

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Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers autographs the floor after his final game against the Utah Jazz on April 13, 2016, at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

The floor was originally auctioned by the Lakers Youth Foundation for $179,100, one month after Bryant's final game.

Consisting of four panels, each measuring four by eight feet, the floor is "one of the most inspiring lots that Heritage has had the privilege to present to the collecting world," auction house Heritage Auctions said.

As of Wednesday morning, bidding was at $210,000, but Heritage Auctions estimated it could fetch upwards of $500,000. The lot will remain open for the next 17 days.

Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others died in a helicopter crash in January in Calabasas, Calif.

Photos: Remembering Kobe Bryant

Take a look at photos of Bryant over the years.


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