There's less than a day left in the auction that will net one individual a brief, and very expensive, sit-down meeting with Apple's top executive.
CharityBuzz's buzzy auction for a coffee meeting with Apple CEO Tim Cook ends just after 1 p.m. PT on Tuesday, bringing to a close what is currently the group's second-highest auction ever at $605,000.
"We're truly amazed by the support for the RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights through our coffee with Tim Cook online auction," Coppy Holzman, Charitybuzz CEO and founder said in a statement.
The current top bidder is anonymous, and goes only by "J********n." He or she is the 85th bidder of the auction, which was posted on April 24, and promptly shot up to $210,000 in its first 24 hours. The current tally could go even higher with last-minute bids, including an extended bidding period that will keep the auction going for an extra 10 minutes if there are multiple, competing bids.
The "power meeting" is part of a campaign to raise money for the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights. It promises little beyond the facetime with Cook at Apple's headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., but that hasn't stopped several companies from using the auction as an opportunity to draw attention to their businesses.
That list includes DrBluetooth, a company working on a Bluetooth headset that encrypts voice and can be controlled through gestures. Its co-founder, Rakesh Kumar, was briefly on the hook for a $580,000 bid, and planned to use the time to pitch the company's technology, perhaps even so that Apple would be interested in buying it.
If the $605,000 bid ends up being the winner, it would go down as the second-highest auction the site's ever had. On top of that list was an auction last month for a Lamborghini Aventador model, which came in at $610,000 and was worth an estimated $500,000. The next closest item on the list was an oil painting by Colombian artist Fernando Botero that sold (NSFW link) in an auction last November for $340,000.
Updated at 1:30 p.m. PT to include comment from Holzman, and details on extended bidding.