Unseen Photos of NBA Legend Kobe Bryant Auctioned as NFTs

August 26, 2021, 10:30 AM AEST - 1 month ago

Late basketball legend Kobe Bryant will be immortalised on the blockchain via NFT technology. According to reports, a collection of previously unseen photographs of Bryant is being auctioned as NFTs, with funds generated from the sales directed to his non-profit Mamba and Mambacita Sports Foundation.

Kobe NFTs Trades on Cryptograph

The collection consists of eight images of a young Bryant shot in a meatpacking facility in downtown Los Angeles by photographer Davis Factor in 1999. The black and white images were taken just prior to the peak of Bryant’s career as a professional basketball player with the LA Lakers. 

I think this shoot is special because it’s one of his first fashion shoots. The purpose of this NFT drop, for me, is to raise as much money as humanly possible to give to Kobe Bryant’s foundation.

Davis Factor, Smashbox Studios

The NFT photos of Bryant, launched on August 24 to commemorate his death last year, are being auctioned on the NFT platform Cryptograph. One of the photo-NFTs (below) attracted a 3.5 ETH bid, equivalent to US$10,994, at the time of writing. The proceeds go to the Mamba and Mambacita Sports Foundation, which supports young women athletes and deserving communities. 

Widespread Benefits of NFTs

Over the past 12 months, NFTs have grown in popularity in diverse industries, including basketball and sports in general. Recently, Crypto News Australia reported that Indian startup Rario would launch the world’s first cricket NFTs this month. 

The benefits of NFT technology go beyond swapping or trading for quick profits. As seen with the Bryant photo auction, NFTs can serve as another viable medium to raise funds in support of communities. Crypto News also reported this month on how NFTs are helping to preserve wildlife.

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