Going Once, Going Twice -- Sold

January/February 1998

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OK, so everyone knows that the Cardinal won the 100th Big Game. But the results of the Stanford-Cal Big Auction received less fanfare. More than 2,100 alumni of the two schools gathered at San Francisco's Cow Palace the night before the game to bid on 330 items. Guests, who paid up to $1,000 to attend, dined on filet mignon, prawns and salmon -- and tiny chocolate helmets, complete with team logos. Two auctioneers from Christie's fielded bids, and the event netted about $2 million for athletics scholarships to be divided equally between the two schools. Some of the choicest merchandise:

Item Winning Bid
1957 Mercedes Benz sports car $200,000
Herb Caen's Olivetti typewriter 6,000
Golf with Tom Watson and George Shultz 15,000
Murphy Brown walk-on part 7,000
A day on X-Files set with Gillian Anderson 9,000
Your kid in a Baby Gap ad 11,000
18-carat gold and diamond "Axe" brooch 3,800
Cal Campanile Tower playhouse 6,500
Stanford Red Barn playhouse 15,000
100 rounds at Stanford Golf Course 30,000
Scott Turow character named for you 7,000

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