Truffles wait on a silver platter to be sold at the International Truffle Auction in Alba, Italy.

Truffles wait on a silver platter to be sold at the International Truffle Auction in Alba, Italy.

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At the International White Truffle Auction in Alba, Italy, truffles are auctioned off for thousands of dollars to bidders from across the globe.

At the International White Truffle Auction in Alba, Italy, truffles are auctioned off for thousands of dollars to bidders from across the globe.

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Angelica Marin

Inside a 13the century castle, wealthy truffle connoisseurs wage against each other at the International White Truffle Auction in Alba.

Inside a 13th century castle, wealthy truffle connoisseurs wage against each other at the International White Truffle Auction in Alba.

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Angelica Marin

The Piedmont region, near Alba, where white truffles sprout during the months of October and November.

The Piedmont region, near Alba, where white truffles sprout during the months of October and November.

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A truffle dog, hot on the trail of a white truffle in a forest in Piedmont, Italy.

A truffle dog is hot on the trail of a white truffle in a forest in Piedmont, Italy.

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Truffle hunter Walter Tedesco and his dog Leo scout a forest in Piedmont Italy for the elusive white truffle.

Truffle hunter Walter Tedesco and his dog, Leo, scout a forest in Piedmont, Italy, for the elusive white truffle.

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Angelica Marin

Walter holds a white truffle in his hand.  His latest is worth about $100 in the local market.

Walter holds a white truffle in his hand. His latest find is worth about $100 on the local market.

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A moment of rest for Truffle hunter Walter Tedesco and his hunting dog, Leo.

A moment of rest for Truffle hunter Walter Tedesco and his hunting dog, Leo.

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Truffle hunter Walter Tedesco stands in the woods outside Alba, where during the fall season he tries his luck at truffle-hunting.

Truffle hunter Walter Tedesco stands in the woods outside Alba, where during the fall season he tries his luck at truffle-hunting.

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Truffle hunter Walter Tedesco waits for his dog Leo, to pick up the scent of the truffle.  Truffle-hunting dogs are chosen and trained from birth.

Truffle hunter Walter Tedesco waits for his dog Leo, to pick up the scent of a truffle. Truffle-hunting dogs are chosen and trained from birth.

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Angelica Marin

Truffle hunter Walter Tedesco and his dog, smell their latest find.

Truffle hunter Walter Tedesco and his dog, Leo, smell their latest find.

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Angelica Marin

A hunter digs out a white truffle that sprouted inches underground.

A hunter digs out a white truffle that sprouted inches underground.

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Angelica Marin

In Italy, white truffles are shaven on gourmet dishes like risotto, fresh pasta and poached eggs.

In Italy, white truffles are shaven onto gourmet dishes like risotto, fresh pasta and poached eggs.

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Angelica Marin

A seller weighs a white truffle.  In the local market, a piece like this one can go for $450.

A seller weighs a white truffle. In the local market, a piece like this one can go for $450.

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Angelica Marin

A white truffle, weighing 89 grams, sales for $400 at the White Truffle Festival in Alba.

A white truffle, weighing 89 grams, sells for $400 at the White Truffle Festival in Alba.

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Angelica Marin

During the month of November, customers can sniff out and buy truffles at the White Truffle Festival in Alba, Northern Italy.

During the month of November, customers can sniff out and buy truffles at the White Truffle Festival in Alba, Northern Italy.

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Angelica Marin

The coveted white truffle sits on display at the White Truffle Festival in Alba, Northern Italy.

The coveted white truffle sits on display at the White Truffle Festival in Alba, Northern Italy.

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Angelica Marin

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