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Kobe Bryant battles mom, NJ business over auction

By 69 News & Associated Press, (follow: @69news), news@wfmz.com
Published On: May 03 2013 10:07:21 AM CDT
Kobe Bryant file photo

Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

CAMDEN, N.J. -

Kobe Bryant is in a court battle to try to keep his mother from auctioning off mementos from his high school days in Montgomery County and his early NBA career.

A southern New Jersey auction house is suing for the right to sell the stuff after the NBA star's lawyers wrote the firm to say it could not.

Bryant contends that his mother, Pamela Bryant, doesn't have the right to sell the collectibles, including his Lower Merion High School letters, a 2000 NBA championship ring and hundreds of other items.

Berlin, N.J.-based Goldin Auctions said Bryant told his mother years ago that he didn't want the items.

Pamela Bryant intended to use her $450,000 advance to buy a new home, according to court papers.