Ruby Roman table grapes at a wholesale market in the central Japanese city of Kanazawa on Photo taken July 7, 2016. The grapes sold for a record-high 1.1 million yen ($10,900) at an auction.
July 7, 2016 11:12 AM EDT

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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