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'SportsCenter' desk sells for $26K

An ESPN desk used on more than 32,000 shows over the last decade, mostly on "SportsCenter," sold for $26,100 on Wednesday night.

The item was the star of The V Foundation auction, which also included a chance to attend a Dallas Mavericks game with owner Mark Cuban, which went for $47,100, an opportunity to spend a day in Bristol, Connecticut with ESPN Radio hosts Scott Van Pelt and Ryen Russillo ($19,100) and an appearance in Bill Simmons and Jalen Rose's NBA preview on Grantland ($8,250).

Vasu Kulkarni, CEO of a company called Krossover, which breaks down sports video so that coaches can more easily digest it, had the winning bid on the anchor desk.

"My entire life, I've probably spent thousands of hours watching SportsCenter, so to own an incredibly unique and iconic piece of sports history is absolutely amazing for me," Kulkarni said.

The desk, which was put into retirement as a result of the studio shows moving to the new digital center in the company's Bristol headquarters, includes all the monitors and electrical wiring to make it fully functional.

Kulkarni said the desk will sit at his company's New York City-based headquarters where employees will do video reports from it.

"How cool is it as a sports tech company to say you have the original set of SportsCenter in your office?" Kulkarni said.

Money raised from items will be given to The V Foundation, which was started by ESPN and the late N.C. State basketball coach Jim Valvano following his memorable "Never Give Up" speech at the 1993 ESPY Awards. Since it's founding, more than $115 million has been raised in the fight against cancer.