Bidding for Lunch With Bill Clinton Reaches Feeding Frenzy, Passes $60,000

Wednesday, 01 Dec 2010 12:38 PM

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Wouldn’t it be fun to figure out who’s bidding thousands for a private lunch for four with President Bill Clinton? But alas, eBay’s bidding system shields the identity of bidders in most auctions, so one can only speculate on who’s running up a big tab to lunch with the former president while supporting his foundation and its Clinton Global Initiative.

Bill Clinton, foundation, eBay, auctionAs of 9 a.m. Eastern time today, with just six hours and 15 minutes left in the auction for that item, among a listing of several objects of Clinton memorabilia, the leading bid stood at $60,100.

That tally was achieved after some heavy and frantic bidding Wednesday nearly doubled it from the $32,589 price point early in the morning. Maybe the fact that shipping is free is propelling the feeding frenzy.

The winning bidder and three guests will enjoy a private tour of the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Ark., with Clinton as their guide, followed by a gourmet dinner in the Executive Suite catered by Forty-Two, the restaurant at the Clinton Presidential Center.

The auction offers “a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet President Clinton and support the Clinton Foundation’s work,” according to the eBay listing.

All proceeds will benefit the foundation, which Clinton established after leaving the White House to identify and take action on global problems he could uniquely influence through his experience as a global leader. Today it works in more than 60 countries and in the United States to alleviate poverty, improve global health, strengthen economies, and protect the environment.

One project of the foundation has raised more than $57 billion since its 2005 inception for 1,700 philanthropic projects that have improved the lives of 220 million people around the globe.

Another project, the Clinton Health Access Initiative, has helped bring AIDS care and treatment to more than 750,000 people living with HIV/AIDS around the world.

Following are the bids as of 9 a.m. Eastern, with auction deadlines staggered, although about six hours remain for each:

• Private dinner with Clinton ($60,100)
• A saxophone signed by the sax-playing former president ($10,000)
• Clinton’s used golf clubs, signed by Bill ($5,000)
• Clinton’s Haitian Bizango statue ($5,000)
• Clinton’s signed 1997 State of the Union Address ($2,550)
• Clinton’s signed and dedicated autobiography ($2,025)
• A collection of Clinton’s favorite books, signed and dedicated ($2,000)
• Clinton’s engraved presidential cufflinks ($1,625)
• A 1992 Election Day newspaper signed by Bill Clinton ($755)

To view the Clinton Foundation’s auction page, visit: www.ebay.com/clintonfoundation.

For a listing of the items and bids, visit: http://stores.ebay.com/clinton-foundation.

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