Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant raised $67,100 for his youth charity in an online auction for the mask he wore after breaking his nose in the National Basketball Association All-Star Game.
The clear mask, autographed by the 33-year-old-guard, fetched the winning bid in an EBay Inc. (EBAY:US) auction that ended yesterday, company spokeswoman Amanda Miller said in a telephone interview. All of the money will go to the Kobe & Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation’s Youth Homelessness Initiative, according to the auction homepage.
The identity of the buyer is not available, Miller said. The week-long auction received 129 bids, and was handled by Kompolt, a San Luis Obispo, California-based auction management company.
Bryant wore the clear mask for 11 games during the NBA regular season after Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade broke Bryant’s nose with a hard foul in the All-Star Game in February. He averaged more than 30 points a game while wearing the mask, including a 34-point performance against the Minnesota Timberwolves on March 9 when he scored his 29,000th career point, according to the auction site.
The Kobe & Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation was formed in 2007 with the aim of improving the lives of young people. The money from the mask’s sale will contribute to the foundation’s projects directed at youth homelessness in the Los Angeles area.
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To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at firstname.lastname@example.orgKobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers and Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat wait for a pass during the game at Staples Center on March 4, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. Photographer: Harry How/Getty Images May 15 (Bloomberg) -- The protective mask worn by Lakers star Kobe Bryant for 11 games in February and March of this year after his nose was broken in the NBA All-Star Game was recently auctioned off for charity at a price of $67,100. Bloomberg's Josh Lipton reports. (Source: Bloomberg)