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Charity offers coffee with Apple CEO Tim Cook to highest bidder

April 25, 2013|By Chris O'Brien
  • The RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights is auctioning off coffee with Apple CEO Tim Cook as part of a fundraiser.
The RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights is auctioning off coffee with… (Eric Risberg / AP )

If only Apple's stock were rising as fast as that of CEO Tim Cook. 

On Wednesday, the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights announced it was auctioning off the chance to have coffee with Cook as part of a fundraiser that included a number of other celebrities. 

The bidding for face time with Cook was valued at $50,000, but by late Wednesday night he had received 48 bids, with the highest at $160,000. 

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That meant Cook was trouncing a bunch of nobodies, like director Francis Ford Coppola, whose offer of lunch with him and his Napa winemaker had drawn only 1 bid for $4,000. The chance to act in a scene with Chris Hemsworth (star of the Thor movies) in a Michael Mann film had 1 bid for $2,500. The chance to meet Alec Baldwin? Two bids with $1,750 winning at the moment.

Oh, and remember Robert "Are you lookin' at me?" DeNiro? Two bids with $1,750 leading.

From there, it's just a long list of also-rans and B-listers like Jay Leno, quarterback Peyton Manning, music producer Quincy Jones and comedian Robin Williams--a bunch of folks who can only hope that one day a few minutes of their precious time will be as coveted as that of the CEO of Apple. 

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