Some might argue that a fleeting moment in George Clooney's scintillating company would be worth every penny.
But a night out with the silver-tongued star is currently going for upwards of $540,000 (approximately £325,000).
The exclusive competition, run by website Omaze.com, is offering its lucky winner and a friend a hotel break in New York, a walk on the red carpet with Clooney, Matt Damon and Cate Blanchett at the Monuments Men premiere, and a chance to spend time with the actor backstage at David Letterman’s chatshow after his live interview.
Entries to the competition, which is open until 30 January, cost $10 a head, and so many have signed up that the event has already raised upwards of $540,000.
Of course, this isn’t a money-making celebrity swindle, but a successful fundraising initiative on behalf of the Satellite Sentinel Project.
The project aims to detect and effectively deter human rights crimes in Sudan by monitoring the war-torn country’s borders and keeping tabs on potential hot spots.
Clooney himself has long campaigned to highlight the humanitarian crisis in Sudan.
In August 2013, he revealed to The Guardian that he used most of the money he made from appearing in Nespresso adverts to fund a satellite to monitor the movements of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir.
“I want the war criminal to have the same amount of attention that I get,” Clooney said of Bashir's complaints that the actor was spying on him. “I think that's fair.”
Omar al-Bashir was charged by the International Criminal Court with war crimes in connection with armed conflicts between the independent state of South Sudan and Sudan.
As many as 400,000 people are thought to have been killed in the western region of Darfur alone.
“If I'm going to be surrounded by cameras, I'm going to go to places and be around people who can't get a camera there,” he told the BBC in 2010.
Together with his father, Clooney was arrested outside the Sudanese Embassy in Washington in 2012 after a protest against al-Bashir boiled over.
Find Out What Clooney's Film Gravity Has Been Nominated For At The Oscars 2014:
Oscars 2014: Best Actor and Actress nominees
Oscars 2014: Best Actor and Actress nominees
1/20 Cate Blanchett (Best Actress)
Blanchett has been nominated for Best Actress for her role as a deeply troubled New York socialite in Blue Jasmine.
2/20 Sandra Bullock (Best Actress)
Bullock is nominated for her performance as a medical engineer in Alfonso Cuaron's space adventure Gravity.
3/20 Meryl Streep (Best Actress)
Here pictured left with Julianne Nicholson and Juliette Lewis, Streep has earned a nod for her performance as Violet Weston in August: Osage County.
4/20 Judi Dench (Best Actress)
British actress Dench is up for Best Actress for her role as Philomena Lee in Stephen Frears' Philomena.
5/20 Amy Adams (Best Actress)
Adams is nominated for Best Actress for her role as Sydney Prosser in American Hustle - here pictured left with Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner, Christian Bale and Jennifer Lawrence.
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6/20 Leonardo DiCaprio (Best Actor)
DiCaprio has picked up his fourth Oscar nomination - but will he finally win? - for his performance as debauched stockbroker Jordan Belfort in The Wolf of Wall Street.
7/20 Chiwetel Ejiofor (Best Actor)
British actor Ejiofor has been nominated for an Oscar for his role as Solomon Northup in 12 Years a Slave.
8/20 Matthew McConaughey (Best Actor)
McConaughey is up for Best Actor Oscar for his role as an emaciated AIDS patient who smuggles anti-viral drugs into the US in Dallas Buyers Club.
9/20 Christian Bale (Best Actor)
British actor Bale has earned a nod for his performance as con artist Irving Rosenfeld in American Hustle.
10/20 Bruce Dern (Best Actor)
Dern, left, is nominated for his role in Nebraska as elderly father Woody Grant who embarks on a trip with his estranged son.
11/20 Bradley Cooper (Best Supporting Actor)
Cooper, left, has earned an Oscar nod for his supporting role as a wild FBI agent in David O Russell's American Hustle.
12/20 Barkhad Abdi (Best Supporting Actor)
Abdi is up for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as a Somali pirate who hijacks Tom Hanks' ship in Captain Phillips.
13/20 Michael Fassbender (Best Supporting Actor)
Michael Fassbender, left, is nominated for his role as plantation owner Edwin Epps in Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave.
14/20 Jared Leto (Best Supporting Actor)
Leto has picked up a Best Supporting Actor nomination for his role as a transgender AIDS patient in Dallas Buyers Club.
15/20 Jonah Hill (Best Supporting Actor)
Hill has earned a nod for his supporting role as a charismatic salesman in The Wolf of Wall Street - pictured here, left, in a scene with Best Actor nominee DiCaprio.
16/20 Julia Roberts (Best Supporting Actress)
Julia Roberts, here seen embracing Best Actress nominee Meryl Streep, is nominated for her role in August: Osage County.
17/20 Jennifer Lawrence (Best Supporting Actress)
Lawrence has been nominated for her role as Rosalyn Rosenfeld in American Hustle - she won Best Actress for Silver Linings Playbook last year.
18/20 Lupita Nyong'o (Best Supporting Actress)
Kenyan actress Nyong'o has earned a nod for her role as Patsey in 12 Years a Slave, here pictured with Best Supporting Actor nominee Michael Fassbender.
19/20 Sally Hawkins (Best Supporting Actress)
Sally Hawkins, left, and Andrew Dice Clay in a scene from the Woody Allen film, Blue Jasmine. British actor Hawkins is nominated for her role as Jasmine's sister Ginger.
20/20 June Squibb (Best Supporting Actress)
Squibb is nominated for her role as Kate Grant, wife of Best Actor nominee Bruce Dern's character in Alexander Payne's Nebraska.