Charity auction for lunch with Apple CEO Tim Cook sells for over $330K

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in General Discussion edited May 2014
Bidding on a lunch with Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook closed on Tuesday after the opportunity reached a price of more than $330,000, all of which will be donated to a good cause.




The charity auction was first listed late last month with an estimated value of $100,000. The allure of lunch with Cook managed to triple that estimate, though, through the CharityBuzz website.

CharityBuzz does not allow individuals to see the final closing bid after an auction has ended, but AppleInsider reader Eric snapped a screenshot of the page one second before the conclusion. It shows a current bid of $330,001.00, meaning that the winning bid was worth at least that much.

The winner will be able to bring one guest with them for lunch, though both will need to go through a security screening before meeting Apple's top executive. Cook will spend one hour of his time with the person for the event, and scheduling could take up to a year based on his availability.

Travel and lodging expenses were not included in the bidding price, so whoever won will need to shell out for a trip to Cupertino, Calif., in addition to the charity-bound bid.

While Cook's lunch came in with a much higher value than its listed value, the last-second price was still less than half of what another auction from the Apple CEO earned a year prior: $610,000.

Between the two auctions, that means that Cook has managed to raise nearly $1 million to benefit the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Hunan Rights. Individuals can also contribute to the organization by visiting its official website: rfkcenter.org.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 13
    philboogiephilboogie Posts: 7,438member
    Wait, what? $330k for lunch? I need a $610k cuppa first
  • Reply 2 of 13
    jmkazajmkaza Posts: 10member
    Center for Justice and Hunan Rights? I didn't realize Chinese food was so discriminated against.
  • Reply 3 of 13
    jungmarkjungmark Posts: 6,705member
    Cook power waning: "lunch with CEO" proceeds drops almost 50%!
  • Reply 4 of 13
    chandra69chandra69 Posts: 638member

    At the venue after they seated:

    Scott Forstall: Hello Tim. Its me 

    Tim Cook: Hey, you!  

    S: I won the bid. I brought you Green Felt and some ideas for iOS.

    T: Ha haaaa!

    S: I am serious.

    T: Let us done with the dinner!

  • Reply 5 of 13
    Ya I'm a big proponent if Hunan rights.
  • Reply 6 of 13
    freshmakerfreshmaker Posts: 519member

    Wow...almost 1 million to charity from these 2 auctions for a grand total of 2 hours of his time.  That's really impressive!  Great job Tim.  Kudos to you.

  • Reply 7 of 13
    russellrussell Posts: 296member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Freshmaker View Post

     

    Wow...almost 1 million to charity from these 2 auctions for a grand total of 2 hours of his time.  That's really impressive!  Great job Tim.  Kudos to you.


     

    Giving 2 hours of your time hardly impressive. Employees do it all the time.

     

    Now matching the bid would be.

  • Reply 8 of 13
    pazuzupazuzu Posts: 1,728member
    Ya I'm a big proponent if Hunan rights.

    And aren't rappers homophobes?
  • Reply 9 of 13
    hmmhmm Posts: 3,405member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by jungmark View Post



    Cook power waning: "lunch with CEO" proceeds drops almost 50%!

    Apparently last year fake bidders managed to drive the price up, although I doubt that accounts for all of it.

  • Reply 10 of 13
    island hermitisland hermit Posts: 6,217member

    "While Cook's lunch came in with a much higher value than its listed value, the last-second price was still less than half of what another auction from the Apple CEO earned a year prior: $610,000."

     

    Oh oh... better buy Beats to get your mojo back.



    lol

  • Reply 11 of 13
    calicali Posts: 3,495member
    pazuzu wrote: »
    And aren't rappers homophobes?

    ...
  • Reply 12 of 13
    suddenly newtonsuddenly newton Posts: 13,759member
    Ya I'm a big proponent if Hunan rights.

    Try the egg rolls. They're made with the tears of the Hunan people.
  • Reply 13 of 13
    bighypebighype Posts: 148member

    Hope the winner asks him what his new rap name is and whether he plans on buying P.Diddy's company next.

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