The 20 $1,000 tickets to meet K-pop superstar G-Dragon here on Saturday were snapped up within an hour of going on sale on Tuesday.
According to an article in The Straits Times Communities, the event organisers did not specify what the passes would get ticket-holders, but that did not stop diehard fans from buying probably the most expensive meet-and-greet tickets in Singapore so far.
Last year, Korean actor Song Joong Ki held a fan meet in Singapore with top-tier tickets going at $188, while Korean boyband TVXQ held a fan meet-and-greet at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in 2011, with tickets going for about $200.
G-Dragon fan Scott Lai, 22, a second-year communications student at Nanyang Technological University, logged on to the Marina Bay Sands online ticketing site when sales opened at 6pm and bought two passes for himself and his girlfriend.
He had read on Twitter about the event, which was not advertised.
He has previously entered fan competitions to meet G-Dragon in person without success and says: "At least this is a confirmed opportunity to meet G-Dragon. I think I wouldn't call it a once-in-a- lifetime opportunity but it's rare.
"He's one of the biggest Korean stars now and it might be a while before he comes to Singapore again."
The managing director of music label and concert promoter Rock Records, Mr Ngiam Kwang Hwa, who has brought in many Asian music acts to Singapore, says $1,000 for a meet-and-greet pass is on the steep side, but the expensive price tag is probably due to the exclusivity of the event.
"From an industry point of view, it's expensive. But if you look at it from the fans' perspective, they might think it's totally worth it," he says.
At press time, the organisers of the G-Dragon meet-and-greet on Saturday did not say what fans could expect for their $1,000 tickets.