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January 06, 2012

Bluefin Tuna Sold at Auction for Record $736,000

The tuna was caught off the northeast coast of Japan

A 593-pound bluefin tuna was auctioned Thursday for a record $736,000 at a Tokyo fish market, according to a recent AP report.

The price might have been a bit inflated, however, in the spirit of the year's first auction and ongoing recovery from last year's tsunami.

"Japan has been through a lot," winning bidder Kiyoshi Kimura told the AP. "So I tried hard myself and ended up buying the most expensive one."

The tuna was caught off the northeast coast of Japan, according to the report.