eBay auctions can be exciting, but it's not quite as entertaining as having an auctioneer overseeing the whole process. Re/code reported Monday that eBay members will soon be able to join in the fun by way of livestreamed Sotheby's auctions for "fine art and other high-end collectables" — but you'll need deep wallets, because prices range from $5,000, all the way up to $100,000. Heck, for that kind of money, you could instead bid on a charity auction with an Apple SVP, and we've got one such offer in today's recap....
Last year the auction of an hour-long coffee meeting with Apple CEO Tim Cook at CharityBuzz dazzled the Internet as the winning figure reached $610,000. This year's auction just ended, but the winning bid of $330,001 isn't quite as impressive as the numbers in 2013.
Last year Apple CEO Tim Cook auctioned off a coffee date with himself on CharityBuzz, and it was a smashing success (to put it lightly). By the time the bidding ended 20 days later, a staggering $610,000 had been raised. The bidding has started once again over at CharityBuzz as of today, and as before, the proceeds are going to the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights. This time, however, the lucky winner will be treated to a full-fledged lunch with Cook at Apple's headquarters.
Somebody just paid $610,000 for a coffee date, and it wasn't in Seattle. That's right, the bidding just ended for the Tim Cook charity coffee chat for the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights that we reported on back in April (at the time, we thought $210,000 was impressive), which means the lucky winner gets the rare opportunity to spend 30 minutes to an hour swapping ideas or jokes with the famed Apple CEO in Cupertino. Or, you know, just staring in silence and making Cook uncomfortable.