White truf­fles fetch mil­lions

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MARZIA DE GIULI

THIS year, its 16th edi­tion, the in­ter­na­tion­ally fa­mous World White Truf­fle of Alba Auc­tion in Grin­zane Cavour, north­ern Italy, turned out to be a head-to-head con­test be­tween Italy and China.

The auc­tion hall was the Cas­tle of Grin­zane Cavour, a true his­tori­car­chi­tec­tural her­itage which is part of the Vine­yard Land­scape of Pied­mont Unesco World Her­itage Site. It was linked via satel­lite with Hong Kong, where a lo­cal businessman in­vested the awesome sum of

100 000 (R1.5 mil­lion) to ac­quire the fi­nal lot of a truf­fle weigh­ing a to­tal of 900g.

Mean­while, in the Grin­zane Cavour hall, Dong Zhenx­i­ang, founder and owner of China’s pop­u­lar Da Dong Roast Duck chain, ac­quired an­other pre­cious lot weigh­ing 520g, af­ter a suc­ces­sion of ever-in­creas­ing bids.

A to­tal of 11 spec­i­mens of white truf­fle were auc­tioned for 287 500.

Ev­ery year since 1999, a satel­lite con­nec­tion has linked some of the world’s most im­por­tant cities – New York, Los An­ge­les, Tokyo, Lon­don, Moscow, Paris and Berlin – to the auc­tion. – Xin­hua

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