One Expensive Pair of Melons

Fruit of any kind retails for outlandish prices in Japan, but some, such as Yubari cantaloupes, are so prestigious, they’re often presented as gifts to friends or colleagues, and it was only mildly surprising that a pair of the melons sold in May for about $15,700 at auction at Sapporo Central Wholesale Market. The melons appeared to be perfect specimens, with their T-shaped stalk still attached. The record melon-pair price, set in 2008, is about $24,500, measured at today’s exchange rate.

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