Excessive-price auctions for an opportunity to get a bit of billionaire Warren Buffett are nothing new — the Berkshire Hathaway chairman famously auctions off a one-on-one lunch with himself yearly for tens of millions, with the successful bidder’s cash going to charitable causes.
Now Buffett is attempting his hand at one other type of public sale within the digital sphere.
A signed picture of Buffett is being auctioned off through eBay. Created by Motiva artwork, the piece options a few of Buffett’s most memorable quotes overlaid on a traditional portrait of the billionaire.
In white, six phrases “girls make me optimistic about America” stand out. The proceeds from the public sale will go on to Ladies Inc., a nonprofit group in Buffett’s native Omaha, Nebraska, which supplies academic and leisure programming (from robotic constructing to train to public talking) to underserved women within the Omaha space from ages 5 by means of 18.
The public sale, which started on August 20, will shut on Tuesday, August 30, the day of Buffett’s 92nd birthday.
Buffett has famously signed the Giving Pledge, an settlement during which the world’s wealthiest pledge to offer away the vast majority of their wealth by the tip of their lifetime.
The so-called “Oracle of Omaha” has pledged to offer away an astounding 99% of his wealth to charitable initiatives, primarily by means of Berkshire Hathaway inventory.
“What I can do, nevertheless, is to take a pile of Berkshire Hathaway inventory certificates — ‘declare checks’ that when transformed to money can command far-ranging sources—and commit them to profit others who, by means of the luck of the draw, have obtained the quick straws in life,” Buffett penned in a letter. “Nothing will go to endowments; I would like the cash spent on present wants.”
This previous June, Buffett’s lunch public sale introduced in a file $19 million for GLIDE, a charity based mostly in San Francisco that goals to help these affected by poverty and homelessness. It was the primary public sale of Buffett’s since 2019 resulting from COVID restrictions.
“I’ve met lots of fascinating individuals from everywhere in the world,” Buffett stated of his annual initiative. “The one common attribute is that they really feel the cash goes to be put to superb makes use of.”
As of Wednesday afternoon, Buffett’s portrait public sale had already fetched $32,000 in bidding.