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Tom Brady's a very hot Houston ticket — and an out-of-this-world VIP auction only figures to build the buzz

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Chateau de Balleroy in Normandy will be the high bidder's home for three nights and four days.  Courtesy photo
Best Buddies Auction items_May 2014 French Package
Chateau de Balleroy is filled with beautiful spaces. Courtesy photo
Best Buddies Auction items May 2014 Hublot watch
The Hublot Big Bang watch is valued at $13,450. Photo courtesy of Hublot
Best Buddies Auction items May 2014 Buccellati earrings
Rigato-engraved Buccellati earrings will surely be a draw. Photo courtesy of Buccellati
Hotel du Marc in Reims, France, April 2014
An overnight and dinner in the dining room at Hotel du Marc is on the itinerary. Courtesy photo
Best Buddies Auction items May 2014 De Beers pendant
DeBeers contributed the white gold pendant and diamond pendant. Photo courtesy of De Beers
Best Buddies Auction items May 2014 Van Cleef & Arpels earrings
These Van Cleef & Arpels estate earrings will be in the silent auction. Photo courtesy of Van Cleef & Arpels
Best Buddies Auction items May 2014 Bulgari watch
Bulgari contributed the serpenti two-toned gold watch. Photo courtesy of Bulgari
Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen kissing
Tom Brady, sans his wife Gisele Bundchen, will headline the Best Buddies dinner on Tuesday. Gisele Bündchen/Facebook
Best Buddies Auction items_May 2014 French Package 2
Best Buddies Auction items_May 2014 French Package
Best Buddies Auction items May 2014 Hublot watch
Best Buddies Auction items May 2014 Buccellati earrings
Hotel du Marc in Reims, France, April 2014
Best Buddies Auction items May 2014 De Beers pendant
Best Buddies Auction items May 2014 Van Cleef & Arpels earrings
Best Buddies Auction items May 2014 Bulgari watch
Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen kissing
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The intimate dinner next week with Tom Brady has already proven to be the hottest ticket in town. And as word spreads on the luxe cache of auction items lined up for the Best Buddies benefit, interest is ginning way up.

Who, in fact, would not cash in their CDs to make the winning bid on the "once in a lifetime week in France," crafted by Becca Cason Thrash. Not only is the Best Buddies board member co-chairing the evening with Best Buddies founder Anthony Shriver, but she also is hosting the evening for fewer than 160 high rollers. (Tickets are $2,500 and reservations can be made here.)

The silent auction, valued in total at more than $250,000, includes such enticing items as a Hublot Big Bang watch with diamonds valued at $13,450. 

That fab French vacation includes time in the champagne region with a Veuve Clicquot tasting, lunch at two-star Les Crayeres, overnight at the grand Hotel du Marc and black-tie dinner with Princess Adelaide d'Orleans, a three-night stay breakfast and dinner included at Chateau de Balleroy (Malcom Forbes' extraordinary playhouse in Normandy) and hot air balloon excursion.

The package can host as many as eight guests. The high bidder also wins a three-night stay at the Royal Monceau hotel in Paris.

The live auction items include a Tom Brady weekend in Hyannis Port (including a round of football in Boston), four nights aboard the 157-foot yacht My Cocktails which accommodates eight and a custom portrait by Romero Britto.

With ticket sales, the live auction and the silent auction, La Becca is aiming at a take of $500,000 for Best Buddies.

The silent auction, valued in total at more than $250,000, includes such enticing items as a Hublot Big Bang watch with diamonds valued at $13,450, iconic rigato-engraved 18-K gold and diamond pendant earrings from Buccellati, his and her trench coats from Burberry and from Tenenbaum & Co. Classic Jewelry, white jade and diamond earrings valued at $14,900 and ambrosi moonstone and sapphire cufflinks, valued at $8,800. 

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