Business – $160,000 coffee? Apple CEO Tim Cook charity coffee break auction blowing up


Tim Cook onstageAs we reported this morning, CharityBuzz is auctioning off coffee with Apple CEO Tim Cook at One Infinite Loop in Cupertino: Apple headquarters.

CharityBuzz set the estimated value at $50,000, and by mid-day, bidding was up to $42,375.

This afternoon and evening, however, another 23 bids have come in and the 30-60 minutes experience, which cannot be resold and expires within one year, is now up to a massive $160,000. The next bid must be at least $5,000 more, at $165,000 or above.

Travel and accommodations, of course, are not included.

The proceeds of the auction will benefit the RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights. Other notables and celebrities who are auctioning off experiences for the RFK Center include Elon Musk, Peyton Manning, Alec Baldwin, and Jay Leno.

Interestingly, Tim Cook has them all beat — by a long shot.

A tour of SpaceX with Elon Musk has an estimated value of $25,000 and a current price of only $5250. Peyton Manning — Peyton freaking Manning! — is at $5,750, with an estimated value of $10,000. And Academy Award-winning actor Robert DeNiro is currently at only $1,750, with an estimated $10,000 value.

What a deal!

Tim Cook is, of course, CEO of iconic Apple corporation, and a runner-up for Time’s Person of the Year in 2012. And he does lead the world’s second most valuable corporation.

If you’re interesting in bidding, however, beware:

Winning bidder and guest(s) subject to security screening. We expect all winning bidders and their guests to conduct themselves appropriately when attending an experience won at Charitybuzz. Polite manners and respect for the generous donor and adherence to any rules or parameters are a must.

In other words, Apple owners who have lost millions in the stock’s slide from $700 to $400 need not apply.

Image credit: Dylan Tweney/VentureBeat


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