The world’s most expensive bunch of sweet red grapes of the Ruby Roman variety was sold to a customer in Japan‘s Ishikawa prefecture for £8,350.
Daily Mail reports:
Seasonal fruit offerings in Japan routinely attract massive sums from buyers seeking social prestige, or from shop owners wanting to attract customers.
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Shopkeeper Takamaru Konishi happily splashed out 1.1million yen for the bunch of 30 Ruby Romans, which works out as the equivalent of £280 per grape.
Each Ruby Roman grape is the size of a ping-pong ball and they are extremely sweet.
A delighted Mr Konishi said: ‘These are truly Ruby Roman gems.
‘We will display them at our store before giving our customers a sample taste.’
Ruby Roman grapes are only grown in Ishikawa prefecture, a region on the north coast of Japan which specialises in growing fruit.
Today’s auction kicked off the fruit-selling season in Japan.
Other fruits, from apples to watermelons, are also expected to fetch jaw-dropping sums.
Fruit is comparatively expensive in Japan and it is not unusual for a single apple to cost as much as £2.30.
In Japanese culture it is common for expensive fruit to be given as a guest by wealthy individuals or corporations.
The king of fruits in the country is the melon, which serves as a status symbol akin to a vintage wine, and is given as a high-ranking gift.
A single pair of melons fetched £9,500 at an auction last year.
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