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.
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.
Senior executives and board members made big year-end gifts to charity
Forms filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission Tuesday show two senior Apple (AAPL) executives and two board members taking advantage of the stock's record-high prices to donate nearly 10,000 shares between Dec. 10 and Dec. 17.
The single largest donation was made by board member Millard Drexler, current CEO of J. Crew (JCG) and former chairman of The Gap (GPS). MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 29, 2010 12:47 PM ET
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