Twas talking to Stephen Paulin, auctioneer extraordinairre the other day. His company, Strategic REMarketing does some very fancy webcast-live auctions where people bid in real time at an estate or liquidation auction both at the location and through a web based interface.
He's also done charitable auctions. I had referred him to Joff to do this one. But, they decided to go with a famous sports announcer to emcee the Celebrity auction this year.
Stephen came up with the idea of doing a live celebrity auction through their webcast tools, where people could bid over the web and at the charitable event. He was thinking about people bidding on items. I said, why not just get celebrities to agree to do it and just do it over the interweb. Forget this real event thing. Just get Paris Hilton to agree to auction off a date for charity. There's no event cost in this way. Then, let anyone in the world bid on it in real time. Line up 10 guys and 10 girls that are on that level. We could even require that people register (through WhizSpark of course) to get access to the auction webcast. And pay blogs like Pink is the new blog to promote it, and track where all of the registrations come from.
Anyways, unfortunately, I won't be able to drag my male friends to this one this year to watch them bid on unattainable women who agree to auction themselves off to rich guys... err guys that save up for the chance. I'll be snowboarding that weekend.