Bidding for $50K coffee with Ivanka Trump 'closed'
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A charity auction for a coffee date with future first daughter Ivanka Trump appears to have been shut down despite bidding reaching $72,888, according to a Google cached version of the contest’s entry page.

The website began accepting bids for “Coffee with Ivanka Trump in NYC or DC” with an “estimated value” of $50,000 last week. On Friday, the contest was marked "lot closed;" Google cached version of the auction’s page, however, said bidding was supposed to last until Tuesday. 

The website offered no word on why the bidding had been terminated, and the Trump campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 


Money raised from the auction was set to benefit the Eric Trump Foundation, run by Ivanka Trump’s brother, which supports St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Tennessee. But Eric Trump on Thursday admitted he was considering shutting down the auction early when questioned about whether it could come across as influence pedaling by The New York Times.

“We utilize CharityBuzz to raise significant funds,” added Eric Trump, who said his family is navigating a “new world” after his father’s White House win.

“Every year we’ve auctioned off a lunch with one of ourselves. It’s nothing more than an effort to raise a lot of money in an effort to help sick children.”

Eric Trump responded on Friday to the shutdown of the auction, saying: “Today, the only people who lost are the children of St. Jude.”

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The winner and a companion of the auction were set to be entitled to 30-45 minutes of java with President-elect Donald Trump’s 35-year-old daughter, according to the charity website’s description.

Ivanka Trump would have met with the highest bidder at “Trump Tower in NYC or Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. — dependent on Ivanka’s schedule.”

- Updated at 4:17 p.m.