Mogul Toy Of The Day: $6,400 Grapes
2:26 pm, July 29th | by Hillary Reinsberg
And by “grapes,” no, we don’t mean “wine.” We mean grapes. A small bag of about 25 of them. Japan Real Time reports that a single bunch of Ruby Roman grapes sold in Japan today for ¥500,000, or $6,400, making them “by far the most expensive grapes sold in Japan and likely in the world.” We’d certainly hope so!
At that rate, each grape costs about $255. Ruby Romans are a specific, artfully-engineered grape with specific requirements, like sugar content and size and color and so on. Apparently they’re about the size of a ping pong ball, which sounds pretty big for something typically eaten in one bite. This luxurious breed of grapes first went on the market in 2008 – and prices have shot up and up.
Is this real? Yes, this is real. In Japan, there’s a famously huge luxury fruit market, and expensive fruit is often given as a housewarming gift. In June, a watermelon sold at auction for $4,000. It was a Densuke watermelon, okay?
But even on a smaller scale, $300 melons and $20 apples are commonplace. There are also $100 apple with “Chinese characters specially impregnated on their skins.” Excuse us while we do Google Images searches of this for the rest of the day.