Italy's 'World Alba White Truffle Auction' consistently brings in big money for some of the most impressive fungi the region has to offer, but this year's crop is among the most expensive ever. The biggest truffle at the auction sold for 75,000 euros, or approximately $87,400 American.
Thanks to a drought over the past few years, natural white truffle production throughout Alba has gone down, meaning that the prices of the delicacy have risen in kind. The tremendously expensive winning truffle's price was thus inflated by the economic environment, though it would have earned a healthy sum in any year. The well-rounded truffle weighed in at nearly one kilogram.
The 75,000-euro truffle was discovered by local truffle hunter Piercarlo Vacchnia and his very, very good dogs Rocky and Jimmy.