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Last week we posted that a Nikon D4, used by Usain Bolt after winning a gold medal at the 2012 Olympic Games, had been put up for sale on eBay, with the prcoeeds set to go to charity. With several days left in the auction, the camera had already hit $7,600. However, when all was said and done, the camera ended up bringing in just $7,300. So what in the world happened?

It turns out that just a few days after our coverage, eBay pulled the plug on the original auction, even though it was sitting on $11,600. Apparently the original entry violated charity auction policies on the site, and eBay shut it down. Jimmy Wixtröm — the photographer and owner of the camera — quickly put up a new auction, but with all the old coverage leading to dead links, it never got the attention of the original.

So that historic Nikon D4 (complete with Usain Bolt’s name carved into the top with a screwdriver) ended up selling for just $1300 more than list price — and thousands of dollars destined for a chariable cause evaporated.