On Saturday morning around 5 a.m., a 485 pound bluefin tuna was sold at Tokyo’s Tsukiji market for an all-time high of 155.4 million yen, or 1.8 million dollars, at the annual new year auction, Japan’s national broadcaster NHK reported.
That equals roughly $4,000 per pound of tuna, making the marbled, richly-flavored tuna roughly eight times more expensive than silver.
“The price was a bit high,” the winning bidder Kiyoshi Kimura told the Kyodo News Agency. “But I hope we can encourage Japan by providing good tuna.”
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