Pair Of Melons Sold For $29,000
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An auction in Hokkaido set a new record when it sold two Yubari melons for 3.2 million yen ($29,300).
The winning bidder was Shinya Noda, president of Hokuyu Pack, a fruit and vegetable packaging business. Right off the bat, he was determined to make a record-setting bid in order to celebrate his company’s 30th anniversary. He plans to keep the lavish purchase on display until the end of the month. Afterward, the melons will be cut into small pieces, which will be given to customers as gifts.
The melons in question are actually hybrid cantaloupe cultivars made only in the small city of Yubari. They’re always expensive, although typically no more than $100. The ones that command high prices at auctions have something special: They are the first Yubari melons sold during that harvest season. Even though there were over 500 of these cantaloupes sold at this year’s auction, only the first pair sold for a record-setting price. They are valued as a status symbol more than anything else, meant to show off your success as well as the flourishing Japanese economy.
The previous record was set in 2016, also at a Japanese auction, where another pair of these extravagant melons fetched a price of three million yen.
Hey...as far as I am concerned, you can spend your money anyway you want. I just don't see the point in spending that kind of money for something I can get for less than $2 at my local grocery store, ya know?
Coffee out on the patio, unless it starts to rain.