Report: Never-before-seen photographs of Kobe Bryant to be auctioned off as NFTs

Brad Sullivan
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Eight never-before-seen photographs of Los Angeles Laker icon Kobe Bryant will be released as non-fungible tokens, more commonly known as NFTs.

A digital collectibles company, Cryptograph, is releasing the “KOBE” photos that were taken during a 1999 photoshoot with Bryant.

“This shoot is special because you don’t see him in a jersey,” Cryptograph co-founder Tommy Alastra said. “He’s Kobe Bean Bryant. You can see the father, the son, the husband come out. It’s just him, raw, in everyday Kobe. It’s special. … They’re really quite beautiful.”

All of the photos are in black and white. The photographer, Davis Factor, is a Lakers season-ticket holder who is allowing the photos to be sold on the condition that the money goes to charity.

All sales proceeds will go to the Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation. So, the sales of the NFTs will greatly benefit something that was close to Bryant’s heart.

Monday marked what would have been Bryant’s 43rd birthday. Since his tragic death in January 2020, there have been countless efforts to memorialize him, with these NFTs offering the most recent example of those attempts.

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Brad is a freelance writer for, who can clearly recall watching Lakers games in 1972 as they captured the first of their 11 Los Angeles-based titles. The franchise's evolution into a beloved and iconic franchise among its fan base since that memorable year allows for a wider perspective to be a part of his writing about the team's current fortunes.