Young said the auction winner would receive a lifetime of platonic companionship, including invitations to family outings and holiday gatherings as well as tips on writing, gardening and cooking. The minimum bid was $5 million.More holiday gatherings with family? As if people don't already have enough of those without buying themselves more.
The family was willing to relocate anywhere, and the elder Youngs would change their surname.
"You have patrons of the arts, museums and charities. I wanted a patron for my family," he said.