Auction House Wants Kobe's Tax Records

This request stems from the on-going dispute about the sale of Kobe Bryant's memorabilia

Thursday, May 23, 2013  |  Updated 8:39 PM EDT
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Auction House Wants Kobe's Tax Records

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Goldin Auctions is asking to see Kobe Bryant's tax records dating back 12 years, according to the Courier Post.

This is the latest development in the battle between Kobe Bryant and his mom over the sale of his basketball memorabilia.

The auction house, based in Berlin, N.J., is looking to prove that Bryant has done business in the state and that the trial should be held here instead of California, the newspaper reports.

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Earlier this month, a federal judge intervened in the case and ruled that the auction house would not be allowed to do anything with Bryant's memorabilia until the court figured out where the case should be decided.

Pamela Bryant reached a deal in January for Goldin Auctions to sell hundreds of items of her son's old stuff, including practice gear and jerseys, varsity letters and awards from his days at Pennsylvania's Lower Merion High School, as well as items from his early days in the NBA, including a signed ball from an NBA All-Star game and championship rings the Lakers had made for Bryant's parents.
 
Pamela Bryant says in court filings that her son gave her permission to do what she wanted with his old things.
 
Kobe Bryant says, also in court papers, that's not so. And, he says, he confronted his mother and that she agreed with him that she had fibbed.
 
According to his filing, he said, "Mom I never told you that you could have the memorabilia," and that she responded, "Yes, but you never said that you wanted it either."
 
Bryant also says that two of his prized possessions, a trophy and a surfboard award from the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards, were last seen in his California home, and he doesn't know how they made their way to the New Jersey auction house.
 
The auction house appraised the trove of 900 items at $1.5 million and gave Pamela Bryant a $450,000 advance, which a court filing said she intended to spend on a home in Nevada.

 


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