Jersey from iconic Kobe Bryant photo expected to fetch $7 million

Jersey from iconic Kobe Bryant photo expected to fetch $7 million
(Image credit: Wally Skalij • Getty)

The jersey pictured in the most iconic photograph ever taken of NBA legend Kobe Bryant is up for auction – and is expected to fetch as much as $7 million (approximately £5.7 million).

One of the most seminal shots in sporting history, the classic photograph – taken by Los Angeles Times photographer Wally Skalij on a Nikon D3, using the Nikon 105mm f/2.8 VR G lens – has become the most recognizable and reproduced representation of the legendary Los Angeles laker and his "Mamba Mentality".

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.