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A batch of Ruby Roman table grapes, one of the most expensive in Japan, fetched a record ¥1.1 million ($10,900) Thursday in the year’s first auction at a wholesale market in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, beating last year’s ¥1 million bid.

Of the 46 batches of Ruby Roman grapes auctioned off, the most expensive was acquired by the same supermarket in Amagasaki, Hyogo Prefecture, that paid a record ¥3 million for a pair of Yubari melons in Sapporo in May.

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