When a ham goes under the hammer, you can definitely expect the unexpected. And providing you with some “food for thought” about this ham auction here is a report from the Lexington Herald-Leader. At the 47th annual Kentucky Farm Bureau Country Ham Breakfast, those present witnessed a record breaking ham sale when a 16-pound country ham sold for a cool $100,000 a pound! The winning bid came from two Louisville businessmen, Bernard Trager, chairman of Republic Bank and Trust, and Dr. Mark Lynn & Associates, owner of Dr. Bizer’s Vision World, who contributed $800,000 for the ham setting the total winning bid at a staggering $1.6 million! Broadbent B&B Foods of Kuttawa produced the record-breaking ham.
According to the report, Trager came up with the idea of combining the bids. The proceeds generated from the sale of this auction will benefit charities. Dr. Mark Lynn & Associates plans to donate their share of the bid to the University of Louisville. Visually Impaired Preschool Services and Eastern Area Community Ministries, and Republic Bank and Trust will give most of its money to local health care and education.
The auction attended by U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson will definitely go down in history, courtesy of this record-breaking ham sale.
[Luxist And Kentucky]