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Not Everybody’s Choosing To Cash In On Kobe Bryant Gear

CoolKicks co-owners Davon Artis and Adeel Shams have over 100 pairs of Kobe shoes.
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The death of basketball star Kobe Bryant is rippling through the memorabilia market, with buyers and sellers alike storming stores and online markets hoping to snag one last piece of his legacy. Now, they’re making a choice: profit from tragedy, or honor his memory.

On one website, shoes made famous by Bryant began selling for well over double what they were just hours before. Experts say that’s not uncommon when a celebrity dies. But prices level out over time. That means both dealers and fans must decide whether to sell now or hold on.

At second-hand sneaker shop Cool Kicks on Melrose Avenue, co-owners Adeel Shams, and Davon Artis chose to hold onto them. The store stocked several models, released over Bryant’s career. Minutes after news of Bryant’s death, the two pulled them from the shelves.