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Heritage Auctions Features Shaquille O'Neal's Lakers Gear from Kobe Bryant's Debut Game in Exclusive Sale

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In its exclusive "Treasures from Planet Hollywood" auction, Heritage Auctions presents a rare opportunity to own a piece of NBA legacy: Shaquille O'Neal's complete Los Angeles Lakers uniform from the 1996-97 season. This particular uniform holds historical significance as it was worn by O'Neal during Kobe Bryant's inaugural NBA game on November 3, 1996, commemorating the start of one of basketball's most storied partnerships.

This auction is a highlight of a larger collection, showcasing over 1,600 unique items, ranging from cinematic props to iconic costumes, all once housed in Planet Hollywood establishments globally.

Shortly after his high-profile transfer from the Orlando Magic to the Lakers, under a seven-year contract worth $121 million, O'Neal made his intentions clear, focusing on the love of the game over financial gains, a sentiment echoed in his mentions of sponsors Pepsi and Reebok.

The uniform, tailored to fit O'Neal's towering 7'1" build with a jersey size of 56 and shorts size of 50, has been authenticated and photo-matched not only to Bryant's NBA debut but also to at least five other games in the same season, showcasing O'Neal's dominant performances.

Throughout his tenure with the Lakers, which saw the team clinching three consecutive NBA championships from 2000-2002 with O'Neal leading as Finals MVP for each victory, this uniform was a witness to the genesis of their success. The garment shows extensive signs of wear from on-court battles, including loosened threads on the numerals, and was originally acquired directly from the Lakers organization.

Interest in this monumental piece of sports memorabilia has surged, with bidding quickly approaching $100,000, including the buyer's premium. The auction is anticipated to reach its climax with a live finale on Saturday, offering collectors a once-in-a-lifetime chance to claim a tangible piece of Lakers and NBA history.

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