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Want to have coffee with Tim Cook? Latest bid: $160,000

April 24, 2013: 3:01 PM ET

The "power meeting" would be in Apple's Cupertino campus and could run for an hour.

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FORTUNE -- What do Tim Cook, Francis Ford Coppola, Robert DeNiro, Alex Trebek, Carrie Underwood, Jay Leno, Francis Ford Coppola and Peyton Manning have in common?

Beats me. But there they are together in a fund-raising press release issued Wednesday by the Robert F. Kennedy Center.

And those are just a few of the boldface names offering "intimate access" to the highest bidder as part of the center's Spring Auction for Human Rights.

"In an unprecedented donation," according to the release, "Apple CEO Tim Cook is offering the opportunity for a winning bidder and guest to join him for coffee at the Apple Headquarters in Cupertino, CA. The experience, valued at $50,000, marks the first time one-on-one access to Cook has been offered on the auction block."

Chalk this up as one of those things that never would have happened if Steve Jobs were still alive.

In any event, if you're really keen on chatting up Tim Cook, Charitybuzz is accepting bids between April 24 and May 14 at www.Charitybuzz.com/RFK.

As of 11 p.m. Wednesday, 48 contenders had bid the price up to $160,000 -- the top money maker so far. The next closest offer was a $7,500 for a chance to meet David Letterman. 

A word of warning: Cook is probably not going to spill the beans about Apple's (AAPL) future product plans, no matter how good the cause.

Below the fold: Some of the other auction highlights.

• Have lunch with Francis Ford Coppola and his winemaker at Inglenook Winery in Napa
• Meet Robert DeNiro at the Tribeca Film Festival with all access festival passes for 4 people
• Enjoy a special tour of Jay Leno's car collection and meet him backstage at The Tonight Show
• Tour the SpaceX Center in Los Angeles and meet Elon Musk
• Get your big break with a speaking role in a scene with Chris Hemsworth in the next Michael Mann film
• Meet Alec Baldwin backstage at Orphans on Broadway
Whip up a delicious meal with a private cooking lesson for two with Paula Deen at her home in Savannah, GA
• Meet Ryan Seacrest with 2 tickets to a taping of American Idol
• Meet John Mayer backstage at an upcoming concert, plus snap photos with the star
• Meet Alex Trebek at a taping of Jeopardy!
• Score 4 VIP tickets to the World Series, plus meet Joe Torre or Tony LaRussa
• VIP Tickets to see The Rolling Stones live in Boston in June 2013
• Meet Carrie Underwood backstage with VIP tickets to an upcoming concert
• Meet Michael Strahan at a taping of LIVE with Kelly and Michael in NYC
• Break a sweat with Jillian Michaels during a one hour work out and fitness evaluation/plan
• Be William Shatner's guest at the 2014 Hollywood Charity Horse Show and sit with William at the Gala dinner
• Meet America's favorite anchor behind the scenes at Nightly News with Brian Williams
• Spend six weeks as a United Nations intern with Bruce Knotts and the UN Committee on Human Rights

Plus experiences with Anderson Cooper, Tom Watson, Taylor Swift, David Letterman, Meredith Vieira, Quincy Jones, Roberto Cavalli, General Wesley Clark, Piers Morgan, Ann Curry, David Axelrod, Alison Sweeney, David Gregory, Dan Rather, Craig T. Nelson, Nora Roberts, Train, RuPaul, Babyface, Kid Rock, Marcia Debonis, Mike Dee, Ferragamo, Keith Urban, Mike Krzyzewski, Regis Philbin, Mark Knopfler, Sting, Harry Benson, Craig Leipold, Tim McGraw, Ellen Lewis, The Lumineers, Kevin Hart and many more.

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Philip Elmer-Dewitt
Philip Elmer-DeWitt
Editor, Apple 2.0, Fortune

Philip Elmer-DeWitt has been following Apple since 1982, first for Time Magazine, and now on the Web for Fortune.com.

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