McDonald's auctions off super secret Big Mac sauce recipe
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A McDonald's Corp. Big Mac and french fries are arranged for a photograph at a restaurant in Scottsburg, Indiana, U.S., on Monday, July 21, 2014. McDonald's Corp., the largest restaurant chain by sales, posted second-quarter profit that trailed analysts' estimates after a U.S. sales slump lingered. Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A McDonald's Corp. Big Mac is displayed on a page of the McDonald's app on an Apple Inc. iPhone 5 in Tiskilwa, Illinois, U.S., on Wednesday, April 2, 2014. Fast-food chains including McDonalds Corp. and Dunkin Brands Group Inc. are competing to quickly introduce the best loyalty programs and smartphone apps to try to attract millennials and teens. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images
This photo illustration taken on February 3, 2015 shows a woman in Sydney looking at a webpage of eBay offering bids for fast-food giant McDonald's Big Mac special sauce. Fast-food giant McDonald's is giving Australians the opportunity to buy a bottle of the special sauce used on their famous Big Mac -- the only problem is it will cost at least 18,000 USD. AFP PHOTO / Saeed KHAN (Photo credit should read SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)
A McDonald's Corp. Big Mac meal is arranged for a photograph outside of a restaurant in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014. McDonald's Corp., the world's largest restaurant chain, posted fourth-quarter profit that was little changed from a year earlier as U.S. same-store sales fell amid shaky consumer confidence and increased competition. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images
DUDLEY, UNITED KINGDOM - UNDATED. EXCLUSIVE: A McDonald's Big Mac burger. When Suzanne Franklin fell pregnant, she was at a loss how to eat for two. She had suffered from extreme food allergies for years - and doctors warned her that pregnancy would make the allergies worse. She was allergic from everything from eggs and dairy produce to all fruit and veg - so Miss Franklin found an unusual solution. She found she wasnÃÂ¿t allergic to McdonaldÃÂ¿s Big Macs - so she ate a Big Mac burger every day throughout her pregnancy. And any worries about her unusual diet affecting her babyÃÂ¿s growth were unfounded - as she has given birth to her own 10Ib2 whopper. Miss Franklin, 23, said: 'All those burgers definitely didnÃÂ¿t do him any harm. It was the only thing I could eat safely during my pregnancy, so I just lived on them'. (Photo by Worldwide Features / Barcroft Media / Getty Images)
A McDonald's Big Mac value meal a arranged for a photo in New York, U.S., on Friday, July 23, 2010. McDonald's Corp., the world's largest restaurant chain, posted a 12 percent gain in second- quarter profit after attracting more customers with its frappes and smoothies. Photographer: Jin Lee/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A McDonald's Big Mac is seen in this photo taken August 12, 2009 in Washington, DC. AFP Photo/Paul J. Richards (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)
McDonald's Big Mac is seen in this photo taken August 12, 2009. AFP Photo/Paul J. Richards (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)
A McDonald's Big Mac and French Fries are seen in this photo taken August 12, 2009. AFP Photo/Paul J. Richards (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)
A Big Mac hamburger and french fries are pictured in a McDonalds fast food store in Central London on August 6, 2008. McDonald's launched a campaign on August 6 to recruit 4,000 staff in Britain to satisfy the demand from cash-strapped customers flocking to its restaurants as the credit crunch bites hard. As the rest of the British economy hits turbulent times, the fast food giant said it was serving an extra two million meals a month compared with this time last year. AFP PHOTO/Ben Stansall (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
Guests during the McDonald's Big Mac 40th Birthday Party at Project Beach House in Malibu, CA on July 27, 2008. (Photo by Jason Merritt/FilmMagic)
MALIBU, CA - JULY 27: Kim Kardashian with McDonald's Big Mac during McDonald's Big Mac 40th Birthday Party at Project Beach House in Malibu, CA on July 27, 2008. (Photo by Chris Polk/FilmMagic)
MALIBU, CA - JULY 27: Khloe Kardashian and Kim Kardashian during McDonald's Big Mac 40th Birthday Party at Project Beach House in Malibu, CA on July 27, 2008. (Photo by Chris Polk/FilmMagic)
MALIBU , CA - JULY 27: Khloe Kardashian (L) and Kim Kardashian play catch with a football near a giant burger during the McDonald's Big Mac 40th Birthday Party at Project Beach House in Malibu, California on July 27, 2008 (Photo by Mathew Imaging/WireImage)
MALIBU , CA - JULY 27: Kim Kardashian looks at a giant 'Big Mac' burger-themed birthday cake during the McDonald's Big Mac 40th Birthday Party at Project Beach House in Malibu, California on July 27, 2008 (Photo by Mathew Imaging/WireImage)
A Big Mac is displayed at a McDonald's shop in Tokyo 05 September 2007. A Japanese government website crashed as people raced to take up an offer of a half-price McDonald's hamburger in exchange for pledging to fight global warming. The Japan McDonald's will sell a Big Mac for 150 yen (1.3 USD), about half the normal price, to anyone demonstrating a commitment to preventing climate change from 07 September to 30 September. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)
Munich, GERMANY: A McDonald?s employee takes a bite from a Big Mac at a McDonald?s restaurant beside their headquarters in Munich, southern Germany 27 February 2007. Bane Knezevic (not in picture), president of the western division of McDonald's Europe and chairman of McDonald's Germany reported at a press conference that Mcdonald's turnover had increased by 6,2 percent in 2006. AFP PHOTO DDP/JOERG KOCH GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read JOERG KOCH/AFP/Getty Images)
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You can finally get one of the most sought-after sauces without having to go through the drive-thru.
Only 200 of the limited edition bottles are being sold and all proceeds are going to charity. The first bottle went up on for auction on Tuesday and before lunch it reached almost $18,000 with one week to go!
But according to the ad, it's worth it. Not only will you be making a significant donation to help others, everything will taste better.
"Your mum's amazing lasagne... better! Your boyfriend's gross lasagne... better! Chicken Caesar Salad... better! Hungarian Goulash... better! But why stop there?" McDonald's asks, "Cupcakes, ice cream, macaroni jewelry, fish oil capsules." Well...probably not.
But if you aren't equipped to shell out thousands of dollars for a condiment, some lucky customers will be able to buy smaller containers at 950 locations across Australia for 50 cents apiece.
No word yet on if that deal will be rolled out in other countries but there is one other promotion that plenty of people can take advantage of:
From February 2 through Valentine's Day, participating locations will allow certain customers chosen at random to pay with lovin' - that includes selfies, highfives, hugs and just about anything else you can think of without crossing any inappropriate lines.