On Monday, a Forbes blogger, a Palm Beach hedge fund manager and a paid consultant for IBM, Microsoft and Dell thought Apple's (AAPL) share price might go up if they spread rumors that CEO Tim Cook was on his way out.
On Wednesday, the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights opened bidding on a chance to have coffee with Cook on Apple's Cupertino campus.
By Thursday morning, Cook had raised more money for the RFK Center than all the other celebrities combined.
Here's where the bidding stood at 6 a.m:
And so on down the B list.
"Right now, our record for experiences is $255,000 to shadow President Clinton for a day," says a spokesperson for Charitybuzz, which is running the auction. "We think Cook will break Clinton's record."
The "power meeting" would be in Apple's Cupertino campus and could run for an hour.
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 MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Apr 24, 2013 3:01 PM ET
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