The Latest: Buffett lunch sold to highest bidder at $3.4M


OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Latest on Warren Buffett’s lunch auction for a San Francisco homeless charity (all times local):

10:30 p.m.

A private lunch with Omaha billionaire Warren Buffett has been sold to the highest bidder at $3.4 million during an annual charity auction.

The bid of $3,456,789 ties for the record highest bid. In 2012, the winner also paid $3,456,789.

This year’s winner wishes to remain anonymous.

The weeklong eBay auction began Sunday and wrapped up Friday night.

The auction benefits the Glide Foundation, a San Francisco-based homeless charity. Buffett’s first wife, Susie, volunteered with the organization.

Susie Buffett died in 2004, but the connection between Warren Buffett and Glide’s founders has endured.

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10 a.m.

The highest bid so far has exceeded last year’s winner in Omaha billionaire Warren Buffett’s annual charity auction to win a private lunch with him.

The $2.6 million bid is nearly $300,000 higher than the $2.3 million bid last year by Beijing-based Dalian Zeus Entertainment Co., but it’s far short of the record of more than $3.4 million paid in 2012.

The weeklong eBay auction began Sunday and wraps up Friday night.

The auction benefits the Glide Foundation, a San Francisco-based homeless charity. Buffett’s first wife, Susie, volunteered with the organization.

Susie Buffett died in 2004, but the connection between Warren Buffett and Glide’s founders has endured.

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1 a.m.

Billionaire Warren Buffett has raised more than $20 million for a San Francisco homeless charity since 2000, and he’s about to add to that total by auctioning off a private lunch.

The weeklong eBay auction that began Sunday will wrap up Friday night. Six of the past eight winners paid more than $2 million.

The highest winning bid for the annual lunch came in 2012, when a donor paid more than $3.4 million. That lunch remains the most expensive individual charity item ever sold on eBay.

The auctions benefit the Glide Foundation. They began after Buffett’s first wife, Susie, showed him the organization, where she had volunteered.

Susie Buffett died in 2004, but the connection between Warren Buffett and Glide’s founders has endured.

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