gwanipa melon

How much would you pay for a perfect pair of melons? Alright, stop sniggering at the back.

Two ‘luxury’ Yubari melons sold for ¥3.2m (about £22k) at an auction in Hokkaido, Japan, last week. The winning bidder, a veg packing company boss, plans to give away slices to customers. Has there ever been a healthier display of ostentation?