Remember the old fable of the fox and the grapes? In Japan, you would only need to put up 1.1 million yen to buy the best variety of the fruit.
Call us “sour grapes”, but at a recent auction, a bunch of grapes received a record bid of 1.1 million yen (Rs 7,37,004 lakh). The grapes were of the highly sought-after Ruby Roman variety, which are grown in Ishikawa prefecture.
Consider this, for a grape to meet the Ruby Roman grade, it has to weigh at least 20 grams and must have a sugar content of at least 18%. That means each grape is valued at about Rs 24,566 as the bunch of 30 grapes fetched the record sum of Rs 7,37,004 lakh.
The winner promised to giveaway a few to his customers for sampling them.
“These are truly Ruby Roman gems,” bidder Takamaru Konishi from western Japan told the press.
“We will display them at our store before giving our customers a sample taste,” he said.
Last year, a pair of watermelons were snapped up in a similar auction for 1.5 million yen.
We reached out to the fox for its comment. Watch here.