Anorak News | Casino Tycoon Stanley Ho Buys A Dog Truffle

Casino Tycoon Stanley Ho Buys A Dog Truffle

by | 2nd, December 2007

truf-pig.jpg EVERY year Anorak keeps a close eye out for the giant truffle story.

Often it is filed under “Pig Story”. There are many tabloid pig stories, notably: British Pork Scratching Week; celebrity A adopts Vietnamese pot-bellied pig; Jamie Oliver; A Day In The Life Of Rebecca Loos; pig finds giant truffle, and so on…

But today’s pig/truffle story – a giant white truffle weighing 1.5kg (3.3lb) has been sold for $330,000 (£165,000) at an auction held simultaneously in Macau, London and Florence – turns out to a be dog story.

With pigs now passed off as pet, dogs are moving into pig work. Look out for “Dogs Are The New Pigs”.

This truffle-finding pig-dog belongs to a Mr Luciano Savini’s truffle dog. It’s called Rocco. It works the Pisa truffle manor in northern Italy.

Macau casino owner, Stanley Ho, has bought it, having outbid British artist Damien Hirst and Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed of Abu Dhabi.

Says Mr Savini: “I thought we were going to beat the record, but not to really get to this amount. The biggest truffle of the century and the most expensive truffle of the century. There are no more words to say – it is all very beautiful.”

More truffle news next year…

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