Kobe Bryant’s childhood home in suburban Philadelphia has been released.
The colonial-style house was listed by local estate agent Compass for $ 899,900 (£ 698,900 / € 759,330).
The two-time Olympic gold medalist, who was killed in a helicopter crash earlier this year, lived there when he began to gain attention with outstanding performances at Lower Merion High School, leading them to the Pennsylvania State Championship.
It was the start of a brilliant career that saw him spend his 20-year career in the National Basketball Association (NBA) with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Bryant won five NBA championships and was an 18-time all-star and 15-time member of the All-NBA team.
He was a member of the United States teams which won Olympic gold medals in Beijing 2008 and London 2012.
Bryant and his family moved into the property in 1991, when Kobe was 13.
A connection to Bryant’s legendary career is that the property still features his original basketball hoop next to the aisle.
“I didn’t just take a picture, I did a little dunk.” Co-listing agent TJ Sokso with Compass, who also played Pennsylvania high school basketball at the same time as Bryant, said Real estate agent.
“I had fun with it.
“It’s very nostalgic to be there.
“It’s a surreal feeling, actually.”
Bryant’s father Joe, who played in the NBA for the Philadelphia 76ers, San Diego Clippers and Houston Rockets, had sold the property in 2008 for $ 510,000 (£ 396,000 / € 430,000) to buyers who had no idea of his connection to Bryant until they completed the sale.
This is the first time it has been on the market since.
The two-story 1957 cover 3,400 square feet with five bedrooms and 3.5 baths.
It also includes a dining area topped with a chandelier, a kitchen with a breakfast bar, and a family room with wood-paneled walls and a fireplace.
Bryant has invested in several other properties over the years, including a Mediterranean-style home in Pacific Palisades in Los Angeles which he bought for $ 2.5 million (£ 2million / € 2.1million ) in 1999 and an ocean view mansion in the Pelican Ridge community of Newport Coast. which it sold in 2015 for $ 6.166m (£ 4.745m / € 5.159m), a record for the region.
Since his death in January, there has been a surge in demand for Bryant’s memorabilia.
The Bryant clothes on Nike’s website were completely sold out within a day of the tragic accident.
Many fans have since turned to eBay and other auction sites to purchase any Kobe-related memorabilia they could find.
Sellers on auction sites charge large sums for Bryant trading cards, autographed basketballs, jerseys, and shoes.
Currently, a piece of parquet signed by Bryant after his last appearance in the NBA in 2016 is up for auction.
The auction for the single item, which is offered for sale online by Heritage Auction, has so far reached $ 210,000 (£ 163,000 / € 177,000) but is expected to reach a final price of at least $ 500,000 (£ 390,000 / 420,000 €) when the hammer is triggered. September 26.
When real estate agent Sokso visited the property for the first time, he discovered a rare object.
“There you go, in the middle of all these magazines, is a Michael Jordan [cover] Illustrated sports addressed to Kobe Bryant in 1992, ”he declared Real estate agent.
“That right gave me chills.