Footage from Kobe Bryant’s high school basketball career to be auctioned July 23

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Kobe Bryant is seen as a teenager, shooting an ad for Adidas at Will Rogers State Beach after being acquired by the Lakers in a trade with the Charlotte Hornets. (Los Angeles Times)

Kobe Bryant is seen as a teenager, shooting an ad for Adidas at Will Rogers State Beach after being acquired by the Lakers in a trade with the Charlotte Hornets. (Los Angeles Times)

Kobe Bryant’s time in high school will be showcased when about 22 hours of footage of the late basketball star playing games and giving interviews will be sold on July 23 by the auction house Profiles in History.

The footage is from the media library of Stu Ross, who produced “High School Sports Show,” a syndicated weekly television series seen in 35 cities.

About 60% of the Bryant footage is of games involving the Lower Merion Aces from the Philadephia suburbs.

Ross’ library includes 130 hours and more than 700 athletes, including LeBron James, Tom Brady, Michael Phelps, Ryan Braun, Dwyane Wade and Shaquille O’Neal. The footage will be sold in one lot, and the auction house estimates the price will be $250,000 to $350,000.

Bryant, a five-time NBA champion and 18-time All-Star, died in a helicopter crash on Jan. 26. He was 41.

The auction will take place at Profiles in History in Calabasas, outside Los Angeles.

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