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Lunch with Buffett Auction: 2011 Edition

Every year, Warren Buffett auctions off lunch at Smith & Wollensky steakhouse in midtown Manhattan. The winner gets to bring seven of his closest friends for some steaks and salads with the Oracle.

Last year, the winner decided to remain anonymous after forking over $2.63 million for lunch with Buffett. Despite the recession, which reduced the take in 2009 to a “mere” $1.68 million, down from $2.11 million, 2010’s haul reversed the downward trend.

Here are past winners:

As always, you need to pre-qualify at www.LunchWithWarrenBuffett.com (auction starts on eBay on June 5th, so you have some time) and proceeds go to San Francisco charity GLIDE.