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Tim Cook coffee auction closes with $610,000 winning bid

An anonymous bidder paid $610,000 for coffee with Apple CEO Tim Cook in a celebrity 'face time' auction.
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Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks during an Apple product launch event at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on March 7, 2012 in San Francisco, California. What would you ask Cook if you were the winning bidder? (Kevork Djansezian/AFP/Getty Images)

What would you buy if you had more than $600,000?

A nice house? A fancy car? A coffee with Tim Cook?

A what, you ask?

Yes, that’s right – a coffee and a chat with the silver-haired chief executive of Apple.

A celebrity “face time” auction to raise money for the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights closed on Tuesday and the winning bid for a coffee and a chat with Cook was $610,000.

The anonymous winner is allowed to take a guest to meet Cook at Apple's headquarters in Cupertino. They will spend up to an hour speaking to the CEO about Apple, its iconic products – or maybe just the coffee they are drinking.

CharityBuzz said the winner and their guest must "conduct themselves appropriately" and "polite manners and respect for the generous donor and adherence to any rules or parameters are a must."

The Guardian reported previously that the bidders for face time with Cook included executives from rival companies such as Blackberry and a British photographer who said he wanted to discuss human rights in Asia, where Apple products are made.

MacRumors reported the highest bid had been $605,000, but with 30 minutes to go before the auction closed the winning bidder made their move.

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