The season's first tray of mangoes has sold for more than $40,000 at a charity auction in Brisbane.

The famous mango auction at Brisbane markets drew dozen of serious bidders this morning willing to pay top dollar.

After starting the bidding at $500, the tray of the 14 sweet fruits went to stall holders Carlos Lorenti and Harry Nikolaou for $42,000, or $3,000 a mango.

The money raised will be shared by Life Education and Diabetes Queensland.

Mr Nikolaou says it is all for a good cause.

"We have a family history of diabetes so it was just a little bit closer to the heart this time, so that's why we got involved," he said.

Diabetes Australia chief executive officer Michelle Trute says it is a good fit.

"Not just for people with diabetes, everybody should be sucking out a mango," she said.

Queensland's winning bid beats Sydney's efforts of $30,000 for the tray but falls short of last year's record of $76,000.

 

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