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Buyer Bids $61,250 for Football-Size Truffle at Auction

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    This truffle, found in Umbria, Italy, sold at auction Saturday.

    A record-setting 4.16-pound white truffle sold Saturday for $61,250 at a New York City auction.

    A food and wine lover from Taiwan, who bid by phone, purchased the football-size fungus, said a spokesperson for Sotheby's.

    The truffle was found last week in Umbria, Italy, by Sabatino Truffles, of West Haven, Connecticut.

    The firm 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 said the average white truffle that's unearthed is about the size of a walnut.

    The previous record for a white truffle was 2.5 pounds, according to Sotheby's.