Think grapes are expensive at your local grocery store? They’ve got nothing on this bunch.
A bunch of about 30 grapes in Japan sold for 1.1 million yen, or $10,900, on Thursday, the AFP reported. That’s over $360 per grape.
The grapes are the Ruby Roman variety, which means they were grown in the Ishikawa prefecture and had to weigh at least 20 grams and have a sugar content of 18%. They are typically around the size of ping pong balls.
People in Japan often pay high pieces for seasonal fruit, but Thursday’s sale was a record high. The sale marked the beginning of auction season for Ruby Romans in Japan, so more fruit is likely to fetch high prices this summer.
The winner of the $10,9000 grapes promised to give out a few grapes to lucky customers.
“These are truly Ruby Roman gems,” the buyer, Takamaru Konishi, told the press. “We will display them at our store before giving our customers a sample taste.”
Other fruit has sold for high prices in Japan, where the sweet treats can be seen as a status symbol. A pair of melons, the most prized fruit in the country, sold for 1.5 million yen at an auction last year, the Guardian reported.
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