BURBANK – A potato that bears an uncanny resemblance to a potato sold at auction this week for 79 cents, before auction fees and shipping charges.
“To look at it, you wouldn’t know it from a potato,” said winning bidder Jane Valvonne. She secured the unusual tuber with a last-minute bid that beat out her next closest competitor, at 74 cents.
“I was biting my nails right up to the end, but things just turned out my way, I guess.”
The curious potato shape assumed by the potato reminded Valvonne of the recent excitement over a heart-shaped potato presented to President Barack Obama on Late Night with David Letterman on Monday, September 21, 2009.
The previous week brought news of a carrot shaped like a hand, which was eaten.
Potato farmer Roy Massey claims he didn’t do anything unusual while growing the potato. “It’s pretty much grown the same way you’d grow any potato you find in the grocery store,” said Massey. “You could still eat it, but I guess this one’s just kind of special.”
Valvonne has not yet made any plans to display or resell the potato, but she reveals that she is in talks with a company that may help her preserve it and its perfect potato-like shape. Her publicist dispelled rumors that she was negotiating with a major snack manufacturer to make the rare find into potato-chip-shaped chips.