Winning bid for Warren Buffett's all-you-can-eat See's Candies tour surpasses $120,000

Boxes move on the production line at the See's candy factory in San Francisco.


Warren Buffett's all-you-can-eat tour of See's Candies' California candy factory brought a winning bid that passed $120,000 by the end of an online auction Tuesday.

Communities In Schools of Los Angeles arranged for Charitybuzz.com auctions with meetings, meals and visits with more than 100 “cultural icons,” with Buffett as the headliner. Others include actors Reese Witherspoon, Helen Mirren and Morgan Freeman.

The annual Buffett lunch auction for a San Francisco homeless program usually brings in more than $1 million.

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The name of the See's tour winner and the amount of the winning bid in the three-week auction were not immediately available. Bids passed $120,000 in the last scheduled hours, but the final bids were not shown on the website, and extended bidding is allowed in case of heated, last-minute competition.

The auction was held on Charitybuzz.com and arranged through Creative Artists Agency.

Buffett, the CEO and chairman of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. of Omaha, is to meet the winning bidder in California for the tour. Berkshire has owned See's since 1972.

Money from the auction supports Community In Schools' programs to help at-risk children stay in school and graduate.

The Omaha World-Herald Co. is owned by Berkshire Hathaway Inc.

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