Lunch at a high-end Manhattan steakhouse could feasibly set you back 100 bucks or so a head, but it takes the promise of chowing down with Warren Buffett to bump the bill up to a cool $3.46m.

That is how much an as-yet unknown bidder paid in the annual online charity auction for the right to lunch with the “Oracle of Omaha” and seven friends at the Smith & Wollensky steakhouse in New York.

The proceeds were up compared to last year, when fund manager Ted Weschler bid $2.63m to have lunch with Buffett.

The 81-year-old Nebraska billionaire ended up hiring Weschler last September to be an investment manager at Berkshire Hathaway.

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