For Immediate Release:

Forging A Legend

Over 22 Hours of Kobe Bryant
High School Game & Interview Footage

Most Of Which Has Never Been Seen By The Public

Going Up For Auction On July 23rd
From Profiles in History

Part of Stu Ross Before They Were Pros Collection

Also Includes Game and Interview Footage From
LeBron James, Tom Brady, Ryan Braun, Dwyane
Wade, Shaquille O’Neal, Michael Phelps

ALL BEFORE THEY WERE PROS!!!

Entire Library Will Be One Lot
Estimated at $250,000 – $350,000

Los Angeles- DATE, 2020- Profiles in History is proud to announce over 22 hours of Kobe Bryant high school game and interview footage will be going up for auction on July 23rd in Los Angeles.

The Kobe Bryant footage is a part of the media library of award-winning high school sports reporter Stu Ross, from his locally produced, syndicated TV show High School Sports Show. The entire media library covers over 700 of some of the best-known athletes in all major sports and exceeds 130 hours of content, including game, interview and feature footage. The entire library is going up for auction and is being sold as one lot. Estimated at $250,000 – $350,000.

The Kobe Bryant footage is approximately 60% game and 40% interview footage. The vast majority of this footage has not been seen by the public, since only a portion was once aired and that was to a very limited audience. This presents a spectacular behind-the-scenes look into the basketball prodigy’s early career where he led his high school team, the Lower Merion Aces, to their first state championship in 53 years! The legend of Kobe Bryan was being forged.

Kobe Bryant footage is out there, but it’s not for sale, and likely never will be. No one will ever have access to this type of exclusive footage ever again. It’s truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The value of the footage is even more relevant given the phenomenal recent success of sports documentaries like The Last Dance on ESPN. The new buyer will own the exclusive intellectual property rights, title and interest to the entire digitized “footage” of the Library.

Other iconic athletes included in this collection are LeBron James, Tom Brady, Ryan Braun, Dwyane Wade, Shaquille O’Neal, Michael Phelps and many more.

Past licensing agreements have been made with documentary, news, sports broadcast, public affairs and magazine format shows. Clients included, Kobe Bryant’s MuseReal Sports with Bryant Gumbel, and ESPN’s 30 for 30.

During his tenure as the leading high school sports reporter in the United States, Stu Ross and his crew recorded over 35,000 games between 1994 and 2003 for his syndicated weekly television series, High School Sports Show. The show aired in 35 cities across America.

Profiles in History will be donating 10% of final bid price to the MambaOnThree Fund established to honor and support the families of the seven other victims involved in the tragedy that occurred on January 26, 2020.

ABOUT PROFILES IN HISTORY
Founded in 1985 by Joseph Maddalena, Profiles in History is the world’s largest auctioneer & dealer of original Hollywood Memorabilia, historical autographs, letters, documents, vintage signed photographs and manuscripts. Born into a family of antiques dealers in Rhode Island, Joseph “Joe” Maddalena learned early on how to turn his passion of collecting historical autographs into a career. Upon graduation from Pepperdine, Joe pursued his passion to become a full-time dealer of historical documents, and opened his first office in 1985. Profiles in History has held some of the most prestigious and successful auctions of Hollywood memorabilia and own virtually every Guinness Book record for prices of original screen-used memorabilia.  Highlights from their previous auctions include the “Cowardly Lion” costume from The Wizard of Oz for $805,000; Steve McQueen’s “Michael Delaney” racing suit from Le Mans for $960,000; From the history-making Debbie Reynolds Auction in June 2011, Profiles in History sold the Marilyn Monroe “Subway” Dress from The Seven Year Itch for $5.52M and the Audrey Hepburn Ascot Dress from My Fair Lady for $4.44M. In February 2012, Profiles in History arranged the sale of a pair of Judy Garland screen-used Ruby Slippers from The Wizard of Oz to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. In June 2017, at his Hollywood Auction 89, Joe sold the Gary Cannavo collection of Battlestar Galactica spaceships for 1.8 million dollars, the Saturday Night Fever dance floor for 1.2 million and an R2D2 for 2.76 million.  In May 2018, Joe sold the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous for 2.4 million. In addition, Joe Maddalena was the star of Hollywood Treasure, which aired on Syfy.  Hollywood Treasure took viewers into the fascinating world of showbiz and pop culture memorabilia.

For more information visit www.profilesinhistory.com

Media Contacts:
Nancy Seltzer, Nancy Seltzer & Associates Phone: 323 938 3562, e-mail: nseltzer@nsapr.com