Bidding stopped at a whopping 333.6 million yen for the enormous 278-kilogram (612-pound) fish — an endangered species — that was caught off Japan’s northern coast.
Sushi entrepreneur Kiyoshi Kimura paid the top price, which doubled the previous record of 155 million paid in 2013, at the new market that replaced the world-famous Tsukiji late last year.
“I bought a good tuna,” the self-styled “Tuna King” said after the auction.
“The price was higher than originally thought,” he added.
Tsukiji — the world’s biggest fish market and a popular tourist attraction in an area packed with restaurants and shops — moved in October to Toyosu, a former gas plant a bit further east.
Tsukiji, which opened in 1935, was best known for its pre-dawn daily auctions of tuna, caught from all corners of the ocean, for use by everyone from top Michelin-star sushi chefs to ordinary grocery stores.
Especially at the first auction of the new year, wholesalers and sushi tycoons have been known to pay eye-watering prices for the biggest and best fish.
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