Single bunch of Ruby Roman grapes fetch $5,500 in Japanese auction

A single bunch of Japan's Ruby Roman luxury grapes fetched a record $5,500 in this year's first auction.

The brand name grapes are a specialty in Ishikawa prefecture.

They're larger and sweeter than other types of Japanese grapes.

Thirty-four bunches of Ruby Romans were put on auction Saturday.

A wedding hall operator bought the record-breaking bunch, which contained 30 grapes and weighed 800 grams.

He said he was surprised at the higher-than-expected price, but hopes the grapes will make for a very special wedding banquet.

Market officials said this year's Ruby Romans are bigger and fresher than last year.