Sotheby's sell the world's largest white truffle for $61,250

Sotheby's sell the world's largest white truffle for $61,250

At a charity auction

Editor: Buro 24/7

Sotheby's recently auctioned the world's largest white truffle – selling it for a cool $61,250 to a Taiwanese buyer

Known for its prestigious art auctions, Sotheby's recently put a rather unusual lot under the hammer – the world's largest white truffle. White truffles are considered to be one of the most coveted delicacies in the world, and this particular one is extra special owing to its gigantic size.

The white truffle weighs 4.16lbs and was purchased via a telephone bid from a buyer in Taiwan. The huge fungus was discovered in Italy last week by Sabatino Truffles, one of the largest suppliers and is stored in an airtight box, Sotheby's said.

The delicacies are only available in certain areas in Italy from October through to December, they grow organically in wild forests and require a team of expert dogs and hunters to track them down. Sotheby's said that this is the largest white truffle found to date, and it is almost twice the size of a truffle found and sold in 2010 for $417,200. Strangely, this auction did not receive double the money – this could be down to a vary of factors including the current economy and the location of the auction itself.

The Balestra family of Sabatino Truffles said it plans to donate proceeds from the sale to several charities.