World's most-prized fish sold for R43 million at Tokyo auction

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One of the world’s most expensive fish just got pricier.

A 278-kilogram bluefin tuna sold for $3.1m (R43m) at a Tokyo fish market Saturday. The record price - which equates to about $5 000 a pound - is more than double the previous high set in 2013, according to Masayuki Fukuda, an official in charge of trading operations at the Tokyo market.

The record-topping fish was caught off Oma in northern Japan. It was sold on the first day of auction sales for 2019 at a center close to Tokyo Bay that opened in October following the relocation of the city’s main fish market in Tsukiji, near the upscale shopping area of Ginza.

The Kiyomura Corporation, which runs the Sushizanmai restaurant chain across Japan, made the winning bid, the Nikkei newspaper reported. The high-priced tuna will be served at regular prices at a Sushizanmai outlet in Tsukiji later on Saturday, the report said, estimating that the fish may cost an average of more than $200 per serving.

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