Justin Bieber is adding to his growing cartoon art collection by including a tribute to Kobe Bryant and it includes imagery of the Black Mamba balling out with the Lakers.
Justin’s team reached out to Idiot Box Art owners Emily Bright and Tamara Martin to purchase their newest original piece honoring Kobe and Bieber obtained one for only $1,200 in a report by TMZ.
The cartoon art depicting a teddy bear wearing Kobe’s #8 Lakers jersey over a Mamba hoodie and some Nikes is made of hand-cut wood covered in acrylic paint and finished with a coat of resin. The piece is one of 5 created, and it’s 41.5 inches X 24 inches.
The Kobe art sold out in a few hours so the artists are making miniature versions for $200 a pop, and they’re going on sale February 6 and 7 with 24 percent of profits going to the MambaOnThree Fund.
Bryant, 41, and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna were among the nine people killed when their helicopter slammed into a hillside near Malibu in Los Angeles County, California on Sunday.
The news of Bryant’s death surfaced just as music stars were preparing for the Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, where Bryant played many home games for the Lakers.