Giant white truffle fetches PS165,000 at auction

December 2nd, 2007 - 4:57 pm ICT by admin  

London, Dec 2(ANI): The biggest white truffle unearthed in half a century has fetched a record 165,000 pounds at an auction.

The 1.5kg “Tuber magnatum Pico” was discovered in the hills near Pisa last month by Cristiano and Luciano Savini, professional truffle hunters, and is thought to be the largest white truffle ever found.

The truffle was sold to a Chinese gambling entrepreneur, Stanley Ho, during a fierce bidding war with the artist Damien Hirst, at the annual International Tuscan Truffle Auction.

The bid conducted by Piers Davies of Christie’s at the Refettorio restaurant in Blackfriars, commenced at 25000 pounds and ended 165,000 pounds.

Celebrity chef Giorgio Locatell, bidded by phone on behalf of Hirst, who was on the beach near his home in Cornwall.

Locatell said that these truffles have to be conserved.

Pesticides and overdevelopment of the land where truffles are found are contributing to their decline and we must try to help their conservation,” Telegraph quoted Locatelli, as saying.

White truffles, known as “white gold”, are among the world’s most expensive delicacies and hunters use dogs to sniff them out, mainly in Alba, in northern Italy. But the fungus, which is used to flavour dishes including pasta and veal, is especially scarce after a drier-than-usual summer.

All the proceeds of this auction are given to charity. (ANI)

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