UCLA Athletic Director Dan Guerrero said he was "extremely disappointed" by an anonymous Bruins alumnus' plan to sell a center court section of the original Pauley Pavilion in an Internet auction next month.
The 12-foot-diameter jump circle is being sold by SCP Auctions, which fetched $2.8 million for a Honus Wagner baseball card and $1.265 million for the bat Babe Ruth used to hit the first home run in Yankee Stadium. Bidding will take place from April 15 to 30 on scpauctions.com.
"The center circle belongs on display at new Pauley Pavilion," Guerrero said Wednesday in a statement, "and we are hopeful that we will be able to work out an arrangement with the new owner to bring this important piece of UCLA basketball history back to its home."
Guerrero said the Bruins were rebuffed in "numerous attempts" to reacquire the circle from its owner, even after a donor offered to make a donation to the owner's charity of choice.