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Truffles – the luxurious mushroom relatives that bring their distinctive earthy richness to pasta, potatoes, and more – are among the most prized ingredients grown on the planet. Bernard Planche of Sarlat, France, has been cultivating and hunting for truffles for decades. When he discovered a 1.265 kilogram winter black truffle earlier this month – one of the largest specimens ever recorded in Europe – he knew he had something extremely valuable on his hands. So he did what so many enterprising business people have done recently: he decided to sell the truffle in an NFT auction. The sale has now set a new record for largest truffle NFT ever recorded – both in the size of the truffle and the size of the price tag.
According to Truffle.Farm, an industry tracker, the average 2021 retail price of a Tuber Melanosporum was $721.25 per kilo. Based on that, a total estimate for the large boy – referred to variously as the ‘truffle of the year’ and The Big Truffle – would come in around $865.50. The buyer purchased Planche’s NFT on OpenSea for 3.41 WETH, or the equivalent of $10,694.92.
The anonymous bidder, identified publicly only as “5DCAB1,” got more in the deal than just The Big Truffle. The NFT represents a one-of-a-kind package deal including a day of private truffle hunting with Planche on his estate, followed by a special chef-prepared dinner. The NFT also reportedly transfers the “digital rights” to the truffle, though it is not clear what that would entail.