Japanese grapes crush auction record

A bunch of grapes has sold for a record-breaking $11,000 (£8,500) in Japan, where fruit often commands high prices and social prestige. A supermarket owner from western Japan walked away with 30 grapes, each worth about $360.

They were the first Ruby Romans – a super sweet grape variety grown in Ishikawa prefecture – of the season.
“We will display them at our store before giving our customers a sample taste,” Takamaru Konishi said.

The Japanese are often willing to pay top-dollar for premium samples of fruit, sometimes with the intention of giving them as gifts to people perceived to be of higher status – for example, their boss at work.

A single apple can cost up to $3. And melons are sometimes sold for the equivalent price of a vintage wine.

Last year a pair of melons sold under the hammer for more than $12,000.


“I am so happy and I am honoured,” Mr Konishi said.

“These are truly Ruby Roman gems.”