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A bunch of grapes sold for US$11,000 (1.2 million yen) at an auction in Japan on Tuesday. Yes, that's $11,000 for grapes.
But it's not just any regular fruit. These were "Ruby Roman" grapes, a variety of the fruit first developed in 2008, according to NHK News. These grapes are roughly the size of a ping pong ball and are known for being especially sweet and juicy with low acidity, according to Market Watch.
Known for their distinct bright red color, the Ruby Roman Club calls it a "dream grape."
Forty bunches of the grapes were put up for auction in Kanazawa City on Tuesday, according to NHK News. The highest bid went to an operator of a chain of hot spring hotels. The operator placed a record bid for $11,000 USD (¥ 1.2 million) on 24 grapes - which boils down to about $458 per grape.
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In January 2019, Japanese sushi chain owner Kiyoshi Kimura purchased a giant bluefin tuna, weighing 612 lbs (278 kilograms), for a whopping $3.1 million (333.6 million yen). Earlier in 2013, Kimura paid $1.42 million (155 million yen) for a bluefin tuna.
All currency conversions to USD are based on the exchange rate on Jan. 7, 2019.
Fish finger sandwich
Created in celebration of Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday in 2016 by the Birds Eye restaurant in London, England, this extravagant dish costs $238.18 (£187), and contains sweet caviar, saffron mayonnaise and limited-edition edible golf leaf-encrusted fish fingers called "Cod Save The Queen."
A bunch of 24 grapes sold for $11,000 in Japan. Yes, grapes.
A bunch of 24 Ruby Roman grapes sold for $11,000 at an auction in Japan. They are valued for their low acidity and high sugar content.
In 2014, the Opus One restaurant at Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel in Manchester, England, cooked up a $1,018.94 (£800) pancake that was packed with some of the most luxurious ingredients available: Russian Beluga caviar, Hulle Verge truffles, Scottish Paradise lobster and mussels, and Dom Pérignon Rosé hollandaise sauce.
Made of Hawaiian AA tea, Château d'Yquem wine, Ritz escoffier and Charbonnel et Walker chocolates, and wrapped in 24-carat edible gold leaf, this decadent cupcake was unveiled at the 2013 London Fashion Week. It was priced at $979.43 (£768.85).
In 2009, chef Prahlad Hegde of the Bombay Brasserie restaurant in London rustled up one of the most expensive curries ever and named it "Samundari Khazana," meaning seafood treasure. With an exorbitant price tag of $2,547.77 (£2,000), the dish is a mix of Beluga caviar, Devon crab, abalone, a whole Scottish lobster, white truffle shavings and edible gold.
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In 2006, Scott McDonald, the chef at the Selfridges in London, England, came out with a deli sandwich that's sure to burn a hole in the pocket. Priced at $108.28 (£85), it was made of Wagyu beef, fresh foie gras lobe, black truffle mayonnaise, brie de Meaux, rocket, red pepper and mustard confit and English cherry tomatoes.
In 2009, Cadbury UK unveiled a special gold leaf-covered edition of the popular Wispa Gold chocolate and priced it at an eye-watering $1,224.81 (£961.48), which was believed to be the precise value of its weight in gold. The bar was covered in edible gold leaf and sheathed in a gold leaf wrapper; it was displayed at the Wonder Room at London's Selfridges for a week.
The Marquis Los Cabos luxury resort in Baja California Sur, Mexico, serves one of the most expensive tequila shots in the world – priced at $1,000. The popsicle contains frozen Premium Clase Azul Ultra tequila with sugar and 24-carat gold flakes. It is served on a classic plastic stick, with gold chocolate coins.
A bunch of 24 grapes sold for $11,000 in Japan. Yes, grapes.
A bunch of 24 Ruby Roman grapes sold for $15,000 at an auction in Japan. They are valued for their low acidity and high sugar content.
In 2011, British chef Andy Bates created a luxury doner kebab for TV channel Food Network UK. Priced at a whopping $955.41 (£750) and dubbed the "don of all doners," the dish was made of succulent milk-fed lamb from the Pyrenees, saffron flatbread, tangy chili sauce made from Scotch Bonnet chilies, mint and cucumber yogurt infused with Krug Grande Cuvée champagne, micro-cress and bib lettuce salad, plump Coeur De Boeuf tomatoes and a delicate oregano concasse.
In 2011, Andrew Stellitano slogged away for 10 days to make an exclusive mince pie, using a mix of ingredients from 17th-century recipes. He priced it at a staggering $3,821.65 (£3,000). He used the highest-grade platinum leaf, holy water from Lourdes, France, to bind the pastry and wash the ingredients, vanilla beans and cinnamon from eastern spice markets, highly prized ambergris sugar derived from sperm whale secretions and a platinum coin. The creation was displayed at The Exchange shopping center in Ilford, England, for a month.
Chef Charlie Bigham revolutionized the idea of cheap ready-to-eat meals in 2013, when he created the $400.19 (£314.15) "Swish Pie," which he described as "the very pinnacle of gourmet cuisine." The dish contained Balik Salmon, fresh wild turbot poached in Dom Pérignon champagne, oysters and lobsters from the Cornish coast, and sea salt harvested from the Piran Salt Pans of Slovenia. It was finished off with a topping of Beluga caviar served in two mother-of-pearl spoons and served in a wooden platter wrapped with 24-karat gold.
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Back in 2005, celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay's restaurant Maze in London introduced one of the most expensive and commercially available pizzas – at $78.5 (£100) per serving. The thin-crust, wood fire-baked pizza comes with a topping of onion puree, white truffle paste, fontina cheese, baby mozzarella, pancetta, cep mushrooms, freshly picked wild mizuna lettuce and fresh shavings of a rare Italian white truffle.
Also in 2005, London's Kai Mayfair restaurant debuted an exorbitantly priced soup with an even stranger name – a bowl of Buddha Jumps Over the Wall, which sets one back by $137.58 (£108). The Fujian cuisine-inspired dish took three days to prepare, and contained a plethora of exotic ingredients, including shark’s fin, abalone, Japanese flower mushroom, sea cucumber, dried scallops, chicken, huan ham, pork and ginseng. Shark's fin has since been dropped from the list of ingredients, and orders must be placed five days in advance.
In 2010, chef Angelito Araneta Jr. of Philippines made it to the Guinness Book of Records with his exclusive sushi dish: Nigiri. These five pieces of sticky rice are set apart from regular sushi by their African diamonds and Palawan pearls garnish and 24-karat gold leaf wrap, as well as a price tag of $1,672.61 (£1,313).
A rare vintage bottle of 1811 Château d’Yquem was sold for a staggering $95,541.38 (£75,000) in 2011 at an auction held by The Antique Wine Company. It was bought by wine connoisseur and private collector Christian Vanneque.
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Everyone knows that caviar is expensive, and when it hails from the Iranian Beluga fish, it is considered to be "black gold." Known as Almas, it is sold for over $25,477.7 (£20,000) for each 2.3 lbs (one kilogram). Almas is produced from the eggs of a rare albino sturgeon, aged between 60-100 years.
Takashi Hosokawa, who manages one of the inns in the chain, told NHK News he is glad the operator secured the fruit and is eager to serve the grapes to hotel guests.
This was the most expensive sale of the grape since they were launched on the market in 2008, according to the Japan Times. The fruit is grown and sold exclusively in the Ishikawa Prefecture of Japan.
"We offered ¥1.2 million to mark the 12 years (since the grape first came on the market) and to celebrate Reiwa's first auction," Hosokawa told the Japan Times, referring to Reiwa era which began in May with Emperor Naruhito's coronation.
According to the Japan Times, the JA Zennoh Ishikawa farming cooperative expects that 26,000 bunches of the grapes will be for sale between now and September.
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