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Raisin prices: Bunch of grapes sells for $11,000 in Japan

Talk about the wrath of grapes: 30 of the little fruits sell for an astonishing sum at auction.

This box of Ruby Roman grapes cost more than some cars.

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Things you could buy with $350 (or £271, AU $468):

--Two tickets to see Adele in concert, with money left over for parking.

--One round-trip flight from New York to Miami, with enough left over for a mojito or two.

--One pair Bose noise-canceling wireless headphones.

--One Xbox One console, with money left over for games.

--Three Disneyland tickets, with money left over for a plateful of Mickey-shaped waffles.

--1,160 Twinkies.

Or one grape. One single, solitary grape, which you can then pop in your mouth and devour in all of one second. $350, down the gullet, just like that.

Japan's obsession with pricey fruit is nothing new. (In 2013, two melons sold for $15,000; and a certain class of fruit is considered a special opulent gift there.) But even by Japanese standards, Thursday's auction of 30 Ruby Roman grapes for 1.1 million yen (nearly $11,000, £8460 or AU $14,600) was a juicy sale. Ruby Romans are a fairly new type of grape, first sold in 2008, and must weigh at least 20 grams (0.7 ounces) apiece to earn their name.

Bidder Takamaru Konishi will display the pricey purchase at his store and may even give customers a taste, the Guardian reports. That's mighty generous of him, but for those of us not in the 1 percent of grape buyers, it's enough to make us let out a little wine.