AN AUCTION FOR a ride into space next month alongside Jeff Bezos and his brother ended with a winning $28 million (23 million) yesterday. 
The Amazon founders rocket company, Blue Origin, did not disclose the winners name following the live online auction.
The identity will be revealed in a couple of weeks closer to the brief up-and-down flight from West Texas on July 20, the 52nd anniversary of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrins moon landing.
It will be the first launch of Blue Origins New Shepard rocket with people on board, kicking off the companys space tourism business.
Fifteen previous test flights of the reusable rocket and capsule since 2015 short hops lasting about 10 minutes were all successful.
Saturdays auction followed more than a month of online bidding that reached 4.8 million dollars by Friday.
More than 7,500 people from 159 countries registered to bid, according to Blue Origin. More than 20 bidders the high rollers took part in Saturdays auction.
Bezos announced on Monday that he and his younger brother, Mark, would be on board New Shepards first crew flight and the news quickly boosted bidding.
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The winning amount is being donated to Blue Origins Club for the Future, an educational effort to promote science and tech among young people.
The completely automated capsule can carry up to six passengers, each with their own big window.
Blue Origins top sales director, Ariane Cornell, said following the auction that the fourth and final seat on the debut crew flight will be announced soon.
Blue Origin has yet to open ticket sales to the public or divulge prices.

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