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Kobe Bryant's 'Sweaty' Face Mask Brings In $67,100 To Fight Youth Homelessness

Posted: 05/09/2012 1:06 pm Updated: 05/09/2012 2:19 pm

Kobe Bryant Charity Mask

Kobe Bryant turned his All-Star nose-break into an All-Star charity opportunity.

Bryant suffered his first career concussion and broke his nose during the NBA All-Star game in February after a hard foul from Dwyane Wade. After signing it and putting it up for charity, the mask raked in $67,100, all of which will benefit the Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation and its Los Angeles youth homelessness initiative, abclocal.go.com reports.

The athlete told ESPN in March that the mask felt like a sauna, joking initially about putting it up for auction to "see if anybody's dumb enough to buy that sweaty mask."

After 129 bids and nearly $70,000, he might want to retract that now.

The Bryants started the foundation in 2011, and at a press conference announcing the organization, Kobe said that youth homelessness figures in Los Angeles -- citing that between 7,000 and 10,000 of L.A.'s homeless are under the age of 24 -- "shocked the hell out of me", admitting that as a father of two, the problem just "hits home more."

To learn more about the Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation, click here.

Check out photos of Kobe in his "sweaty" mask below.

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  • Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant adjusts his protective mask during their NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012, in Los Angeles. Bryant broke his nose during the All-Star Game. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant adjusts his protective mask prior to the Lakers' NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant adjusts his protective mask prior to their NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant adjusts his protective mask during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings, Friday, March 2, 2012, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, right, adjusts his protective mask as he talks to head coach Mike Brown during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, Sunday, March 4, 2012, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 93-83. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (24) removes his face mask in the final seconds of their NBA baskeball game against the Washington Wizards at the Verizon Center in Washington, Wednesday, March 7, 2012. The Wizards won 106-101. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

  • Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant complains to the referee about having his face mask pulled in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics, Sunday, March 11, 2012, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas)

  • Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard (24) adjust his face mask after a timeout in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Hornets in New Orleans, Wednesday, March 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

  • Photo courtesy of Ebay.

  • Photo courtesy of Ebay.

  • Photo courtesy of Ebay.

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