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Seat on space flight with Jeff Bezos sells for $28M

FILE - In this June 6, 2019 file photo, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos speaks at the the Amazon re:MARS convention, in Las Vegas. Bezos will be aboard for Blue Origin's first human space flight next month. In an Instagram post early Monday, June 7, 2021, Bezos said he, his brother, and the winner of an ongoing auction, will be aboard Blue Origin's New Shepard spacecraft during its scheduled launch on July 20. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

FILE - In this June 6, 2019 file photo, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos speaks at the the Amazon re:MARS convention, in Las Vegas. Bezos will be aboard for Blue Origin's first human space flight next month. In an Instagram post early Monday, June 7, 2021, Bezos said he, his brother, and the winner of an ongoing auction, will be aboard Blue Origin's New Shepard spacecraft during its scheduled launch on July 20. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos speaks at the the Amazon re:MARS convention, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

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UPDATED 6:51 PM PT – Saturday, June 12, 2021

Jeff Bezo’s space flight company, Blue Origin, sold a spare seat on its first human flight for nearly $30 million. In a Twitter post on Saturday, Blue Origin announced the winning bid for the seat aboard a sightseeing trip on the company’s New Shepard.

The live auction ended in under 10 minutes and started at nearly $5 million, receiving more than 20 bidders. The auction followed several weeks of online bidding, which registered more than 7,000 people from 159 countries.

Blue Origin said the winning bid would be donated to Club for the Future, a nonprofit of the company who’s mission is to inspire future generations to pursue careers in STEM.

FILE - This undated file illustration provided by Blue Origin shows the capsule that the company aims to take tourists into space. The price to rocket into space next month with Jeff Bezos and his brother is a cool $28 million. That was the winning bid during the live online auction on Saturday, June 12, 2021. (Blue Origin via AP, File)

This undated file illustration provided by Blue Origin shows the capsule that the company aims to take tourists into space. (Blue Origin via AP, File)

Earlier this week, long time space enthusiast Bezos announced he and his brother would be taking flight on July 20. While the winner’s identity was not immediately disclosed, officials said with blast off in just a couple of short weeks, the winner’s name would be released soon.

Additionally, the company said to stay tuned as the fourth and final crew member would also be announced before the crew takes off. The automated flight is expected to last about 11 minutes, where passengers inside the capsule will pass the Karman Line at about 350,000 feet.

Bezo’s journey comes amid growing competition as Blue Origin battles alongside Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s space exploration technologies and Virgin Galactic Holdings Incorporated backed by Richard Branson to offer space tourism.

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