The world’s largest truffle from Italy was on Saturday sold for a whopping USD 61,250 at an auction by Sotheby’s in New York.
The bid for 4.16 lbs truffle was won by a Taiwanese-based buyer, who has carried the bidding via telephone, the auction house said.
Sotheby’s said that there was only one bidder for the auction.
According to Sotheby’s, the giant fungus was last week discovered by Sabatino Truffles, which is one of the largest suppliers of truffles, in Italy. Soon after the discovery, it was stored in an airtight box. The massive fungus has been nicknamed Big Boy.
Sabatino Truffles spokesperson Jane Walsh said that the white truffle is slightly smaller in size than an American football. An average white truffle that is discovered is roughly the size of a walnut, she said.
White truffles are considered to be one of the most expensive and coveted delicacies worldwide. They are majorly found in certain parts of Italy between October and December. They are mainly valued for their immense flavor and aroma.
Researchers said that the white truffles grow only in forests. Specially trained dogs as well as experienced hunters are required to detect them from the wild regions. Their detection is based on their varied size.
Sotheby’s called the latest white truffle as the largest found ever. In 2010, a truffle was sold for USD 417,200. But the latest one is roughly twice the size of the 2010 truffle.
A Sotheby’s spokesman said that although both the truffles varied in their sizes but their sale prices are hardly comparable.