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The owner of a restaurant in Hong Kong paid € 85,000 for truffle at an auction in Italy. The bulb weighs 850 grams, Italian media reported. The truffle auction in Alba in Piedmont is considered the most exclusive of its kind. Gourmets from around the world come from video. The auction is for charitable purposes.
The truffle auction in Alba has been held every year for 88 years. Prices of white truffles of the highest quality amount to 3500 euro per kilogram this year. For less-known black truffles, the price is around 500 euros per kilogram. There are about 200,000 truflow collectors in Italy. They generate turnover of 500 million euros per year.