Michael Crawford, who won hearts on two continents as the brooding, masked "Phantom of the Opera," is an expensive date.

It cost one woman $22,500.Randa Guy made the highest bid at a charity bachelor auction for the British-born stage actor, getting a date that includes - what else? - a ticket to "Phantom."

Guy "told us she had saved for a year to bid for a date with Crawford, after she saw him at last year's auction," said Nancy Dufford, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles auction.

Crawford starred in the blockbuster British musical, for which he won a Tony, for 3 1/2 years before bowing out last April, citing exhaustion. He returned to the role New Year's Eve, saying he would stay through the end of March.