Belfast Telegraph

Humongous fungus nets thousands

A record-breaking 4.16lb white truffle has sold for 61,250 dollars (£39,150) at a New York City auction.

Sotheby's said the fungus was sold to a food and wine lover from Taiwan, bidding by telephone.

The truffle was found last week in Umbria, Italy, by Sabatino Truffles.

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 Children's Glaucoma Foundation.

Sabatino Truffles spokeswoman Jane Walsh had said the truffle was slightly smaller than an American football.

She said the average white truffle is about the size of a walnut.

Sotheby's said the previous largest white truffle ever found weighed in at 2.5lbs.

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