Kobe Bryant mask raises $67,100 (gallery)

May, 9, 2012
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BryantAndrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty ImagesNever one to back down from injury, Kobe Bryant simply added this valuable accessory in 2012.
You remember that mask, the one that found its way onto the face of Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant in February in March? Per Dave McMenamin of ESPNLosAngeles.com, that piece of headgear -- brought about by a broken nose in the All-Star Game -- fetched $67,100 in an auction for the Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation, an organization that is trying to eradicate homelessness in Los Angeles.

What a perfect excuse to take a photographic trip down KobeMask lane...

Kobe BryantBob Donnan/US PresswireIt all started with a broken nose, thanks to an errant Dwyane Wade elbow in the All-Star Game.
Kobe BryantKirby Lee/US PresswireBut hey! Maybe the mask would turn the notoriously fiery Bryant into a nicer guy somehow?
 Kobe BryantAP Photo/Mark J. TerrillNope.
Kobe BryantNoah Graham/Getty Images"Do I hear five? Five dollars. Looking for ... What's that: $67,000? Yeah, that's better."
Kobe BryantAndrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty ImagesLooks like Ray Allen wanted to get his hands on this mask for free.
Kobe BryantNoah Graham/NBAE/Getty ImagesNow it's gone. And ya know? We kinda miss it. Maybe Kobe should bring back the mask.
Patrick Dorsey works for SportsNation. He has worked for the Web and newspapers, had a cup of craft service coffee in film school, and played in one Division III golf tournament (he shot 105).

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