A monster blue-fin tuna sold for a record-breaking $1.8 million in the year’s first auction at Japan’s Tsukiji fish market on Saturday, nearly three times the previous high set last year.

The 222-kg fish, caught off Japan’s northern city of Oma, fetched a winning bid of ¥155.4 million (about $1.8 million), said an official at the Tokyo fish market.

The figure dwarfs the previous high of ¥56.49 million paid at last year’s inaugural auction at Tsukiji, a huge working market that features on many Tokyo tourist itineraries.

Saturday’s winning bidder was Kiyoshi Kimura, president of the company that runs the popular Sushi-Zanmai chain, who also won the auction for last year’s record-breaking blue-fin tuna at the market. — AFP