And the lucky winner is.... 52 year old, Sandra Doshner, a retired medical technologist from Long Island.
She is a die-hard Downton Abbey fan and paid $20,000 to win the date with Mr Bates aka Brendon Coyle. That was four times the $5,000 asking price.
Brendan put himself up for auction to benefit the Origin Theater Company in NYC. He and the theater's artistic director, George Heslin, an Irishman from Limerick, have been friends since the early Nineties when they performed together on London's West End:
Read our earlier report about the night here.
How adorable! You go girl is all I can say!