updated 10/3/2007 3:26:49 PM ET 2007-10-03T19:26:49

When "The Tonight Show" decided to redecorate its set, the old furniture was destined for more than a garage sale. Host Jay Leno decided it should be auctioned online for a friend's community group.

Bailey's Cafe, a New York-based educational and cultural organization, will receive the proceeds from the sale on eBay. The auction ends Thursday.

Leno will autograph the desk, NBC said. The seven-piece set, seen on the show between 2003 and August 2007, also includes a sofa, guest chair, two cocktail tables, ottoman and area rug.

By Tuesday afternoon, with 52 bids posted, the price was up to more than $15,000.

Bailey's Cafe was created by Stefanie Siegel, a longtime friend of Leno and a teacher at Paul Robeson High School in Brooklyn, where the group is currently housed, according to a spokesman for the group.

Named after a Gloria Naylor novel about a cafe where people gather to relate their life stories, Bailey's Cafe sponsors an oral history project, workshops on health and nutrition and other community services.

The auction, which ends 7 p.m. ET Thursday, was mentioned by Leno on NBC's "Tonight Show." The comedian, who's raised money for such causes as Hurricane Katrina relief, said Bailey's Cafe represented the kind of worthy but small group that tends to be overlooked.

"Have all your rich friends bid on the set," Leno said in a recent call to Bailey's Cafe students.

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