As such, buyers typically make reservations before purchasing.
“I knew this was a very special durian but I was amazed at how much it sold for,” said farm owner Maliwan Han Chai Thai, according to Reuters via AsiaOne. “I was expecting 1 million baht ($32,000) so for it to sell more is very good.”
“I hope the high bidder enjoys eating the durian. This variety is the tastiest in the world and we will keep growing them.”
A local businessman won the durian, which was singled out for its “perfect size, shape and ripeness,” the South China Morning Post noted.
Proceeds totaling 4.5 million baht ($144,000) will be returned to the farmers, while a fraction will be donated to charities sponsoring medical equipment for hospitals.