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Pair of premium melons sell for record 3.2 million yen in Japan

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TOKYO — A pair of premium melons on Saturday fetched a record 3.2 million yen at auction in Japan, where the fruit is regarded as a status symbol.

Seasonal fruit offerings in Japan routinely attract massive sums from buyers seeking social prestige, or from shop owners wanting to attract customers to ‘ooh and aah’ over the extravagant edibles.

The winning bid was placed by a local fruit packing firm for the first Yubari melons to go under the hammer this year at the Sapporo Central Wholesale Market in northern Hokkaido, officials said.

The figure — enough to buy a new car in Japan — topped the previous record for the luxury fruit, which fetched 3.0 million yen two years ago.

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“Yubari melons are growing well this year as sunshine hours have been long since early May,” said market official Tatsuro Shibuta.

Yubari melons are considered a status symbol in Japan — like a fine wine — with many being bought as a gift for friends and colleagues.

The best-quality Yubari melons are perfect spheres with a smooth, evenly patterned rind. A T-shaped stalk is left on the fruit, which is usually sold in an ornate box.

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German woman,36, auctions virginity online for €250,000

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A 36-year-old German woman who has never had sex says she has successfully auctioned her virginity online for €250,000.

Identified as Mandy, who works as a flight attendant, enlisted the help of Cinderella Escorts to sell her body online after coming across the website in a newspaper, according to Daily Mail report.

The aspiring singer’s offer has been purchased by an anonymous businessman in Munich.

Mandy said she thought her age drove up the bidding on her virginity. She has said she intends to use the proceeds of the auction to boost her career and help her family — leaving some over for charity.

Mandy, speaking exclusively to FEMAIL, said: ‘I never met the right guy. I focused on my career. It just didn’t work out sometimes.’

‘Every woman can only lose her virginity once,’ said Mandy, who will meet the successful bidder to complete the transaction next month.

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The flight attendant says she still hopes to meet her dream man after the sale.

The second highest bid for Mandy’s virginity came from a lawyer at €240,000 and the third was from a football Player from Munich at €200,000.

Mandy said she had grown sick of wondering when she might finally have sex for the first time.

‘It’s like the casino,’ she said,’You have to know when to stop. I could go on for years telling myself that I only have to wait another year until I meet the right guy.

‘The years would go by and I’d only lose time. I think I’m doing the right thing.’

Asked what her parents make of her decision Mandy told FEMAIL: ‘If my parents still do not recognise me as an adult woman at 36 and respect my decisions, then this would be very disappointing.

Website founder Jan Zakobielski, who runs the business from Dortmun, Germany, previously likened a woman’s virginity to a ‘very old wine’ or a ‘luxury car.’

Zakobielski will receive 20 per cent — equating to €50,000)– of Mandy’s final price when she meets the bidder in September.

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