Written by Linc Bedrosian
A monster bluefin tuna has sold for a record-breaking $1.8 million in the year's first auction at Japan's Tsukiji fish market, nearly three times the previous high set last year.
The 488-pound fish, caught off Japan's northern city of Oma, fetched a winning bid of about $1.8 million (155.4 million yen), said an official at the Tokyo fish market.
The figure dwarfs the previous high of $638,905 (56.49 million yen) paid at last year's inaugural auction at Tsukiji, a huge working market that features on many Tokyo tourist itineraries.
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