Fancy foods garner thousands at charity auction in Paris

By Agence France-Presse
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 10:59 EDT
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French auctioneer Francois Tajan conducts a sale of fine food to raise funds for the French Red Cross on December 18, 2012 at the Artcurial auction house in Paris. (AFP)
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Truffles, oysters, an aged side of beef or a three-star dinner by a top French chef: a mouthwatering line-up of festive delicacies were the star lots of an offbeat charity auction in Paris.

Dubbed “Fine Food”, and held for the second year running by the auctioneer Artcurial for the benefit of the French Red Cross, the sale Tuesday night raised 57,015 euros ($75,714) for the charity’s Paris soup kitchens and aid missions.

A 58-month-old Spanish bellota ham, billed as a Rolls-Royce for meat lovers, fetched the highest amount at the pre-Christmas sale, reaching 2,600 euros.

A three-star meal for two rustled up by chef Michel Troigros was snapped up for 450 euros, one of a string of similar lots put up by chefs from Alain Ducasse to Rene Redzepi of Copenhagen’s Noma, rated the world’s best table.

Many of France’s top fine food suppliers took part, like the star French butcher Yves-Marie Le Bourdonnec who offered a side of Wagyu beef, aged for 100 days, and described by one admiring punter as “a work of art.”

Two fresh foie gras went for 160 euros, a lot of aged comte and gruyere cheese fetched 300 euros, while 250 grammes of Perigord black truffles reached 450 euros and half a wild salmon 1,250 euros.

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