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Japanese wedding hall spends $5,800 on 30 grapes

Photo courtesy: Anders Ljungberg/Flickr Creative Commons

Photo courtesy: Anders Ljungberg/Flickr Creative Commons


Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Monday, July 7, 2014, 6:31 - A Japanese wedding hall operator recently purchased about 30 ruby roman grapes at an auction for the mind-boggling price of 550,000 yen (about $5,800 CAD).

The auction was held on Saturday, the first day of the buying season in central Japan, according to local media.

The bunch weighs about 28 ounces.

According to the wedding hall operator who made the purchase, the fruit (which cost nearly $200 CAD apiece) will be served at an upcoming reception.

About 30 bunches of the grapes were auctioned off on Saturday, with the $5,800 bunch fetching the highest price.


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Ruby roman grapes are grown and sold exclusively in Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan and are commonly used as wedding gifts in the country.

Since their debut in 2008, they've becoming the go-to variety of premium fruit in Japan. Each piece is examined for quality and accompanied by a certification seal.

A ruby roman must weigh at least an ounce in order to be considered "premium class".

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