It’s a fungus, it looks pretty unappetising and smells like a cross between old socks, cheese and shellfish. That’s right, I’m describing a rare white Alba truffle recently sold for a staggering $112,000 (£64,000/$95,000)
at auction to a Mr Gordon Wu a Hong Kong property developer.
The monster truffle weighed in at a hefty 2 lb. 10 oz. and was, described by auctioneers as “the size of a small handbag,”
The sale equates to a staggering $41,311 per pound (five times more valuable than gold) which must qualify as the most expensive food on the planet.
The previous record truffle sale was $27,000 per pound, set in 2004 by a syndicate including Gwyneth Paltrow.
By all accounts the auction was a pulsating competition between potential buyers in London, Hong Kong, Italy and Shanghai via satellite link.
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