Sneakers gifted by Kobe Bryant to a young LeBron James back in 2002 are now up for auction.
Looking for a special pair of sneakers that holds some historic significance? Well, there is one that might pique your interest, if you happen to have tens of thousands of dollars lying around. If so, you are a lucky individual.
Heritage Auctions is selling a pair of adidas Kobe 2’s, which were gifted by Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant to a young LeBron James back in 2002. The lace-less sneakers have an American flag design meant to honor the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks of 2001.
“The patriotic colorway displays the Stars & Stripes on the uppers, rubberized toe boxes, three-stripe motif on the midsoles/outer soles, Adidas on the inner tongues, and the Mamba silhouette on the insoles,” reads Heritage Auctions’ official description of the sneakers. “The design was created to commemorate the loss of life in the recent 9/11 terror attacks. The custom shoes bear no interior tagging but exhibit fine game wear.
“Our consignor purchased these, and several other LeBron James items in this auction, from an estate sale in Akron, Ohio. Letter of provenance from consignor. LOA from Heritage Auctions.”
Kobe-gifted sneakers were worn by LeBron
The shoes are a size 14, and even though James was a size 15, he wore them anyway in St. Vincent-St. Mary High School’s game against Oak Hill Academy, who had a young Carmelo Anthony on the roster. James went onto score 36 points in the loss, while Anthony put up 34 points.
“I think my most fond moment is he gave me his shoes when I was in high school,” James said in a 2016 interview with ESPN. “I think I was playing in a tournament in Teaneck, N.J., and they were playing in the  All-Star game in Philly. And I had an opportunity to go meet him, and he gave me a pair of his shoes, and I actually wore them in a game against Oak Hill, against Melo [Carmelo Anthony], actually.”
The bidding started off at $15,000 and the current top bid sits at $18,000. You can place a bid at this link.