[A] record-setting 4.16-pound [1.8869 k.] white truffle [Tuber magnatum] found by Sabatino Truffles in Umbria, Italy, has sold for $61,250 at a New York City auction.
Sothebyâ€™s says the fungus was sold Saturday to a food and wine lover from Taiwan bidding by phone.
The firm had said it turned down million-dollar offers from buyers in China. Instead, it chose to auction the truffle in New York to benefit Citymeals-on-Wheels and the Childrenâ€™s Glaucoma Foundation.
Sabatino Truffles spokeswoman Jane Walsh had said the truffle was slightly smaller than an American football. She says the average white truffle thatâ€™s unearthed is about the size of a walnut.
Sothebyâ€™s says the previous largest white truffle ever found was 2.5 pounds [1.1339 k.].
Via Ratak Monodosico.