Huge Tuna Fetches $176K

Rare bluefin pulls in even rarer sum at Japanese auction
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 5, 2010 12:39 PM CST
A file photo of a giant bluefin at last year's auction in Tokyo.   (AP Photo/Kyodo News)

(Newser) – A gigantic bluefin tuna, weighing in at 512.8 pounds, sold for roughly $176,000 today in an auction in Japan, a sum not seen in nearly a decade. It was Japan’s first tuna auction of the year—amid rapidly declining bluefin stocks—yet it beat out the top price paid last year by 60%, the Times of London reports. The buyers were the same pair of restaurateurs who went in on that fish.

One owns Kyubey, a Michelin-starred restaurant near the auction site in Tokyo, while the other owns a Hong Kong sushi chain. Within hours of the auction, a chef at Kyubey said part of the fish had already been served to diners. The lucky consumer got a bargain, however; the restaurant wrote off the cost of the fish as an “engimono,” or talisman for new year luck.

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