A single snow crab was sold at auction in Tottori, Japan, for $ 46,000 (or 5 million yen), according to CNN. Tetsuji Hamashita, the president of a Japanese fish wholesaler, has been nicknamed "Five Shining Stars" for his impressive shape and thick legs.
"I know it's extreme, but it's the custom," Hamashita told CNN about his purchase. Last year, a snow crab was sold for $ 18,000. This set the world record. Hamashita said he expects to pay around 3 million yen, or $ 27,000.
The reason why the cancer was so expensive depends on the time of sale. In Japan, the status symbol is to buy the first and best crab caught on the first day of the crab fishing season, November 6, CNN reports. The snow crab season lasts only four months in Japan (from November to early March), making it even more of a seasonal delicacy.
The water in Tottori is considered ideal for shrimp fishing, as it is deep and clean according to the Japanese Michelin Guide. Interestingly, in recent years, climate change has made it easier to fish for snow crab in other parts of the world, such as the Barents Sea, because the ice ages are less severe.
But that does not mean that prices for snow crabs are going down. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, prices for snow crabs reached a record level in 201
Hamashita told CNN that he was "sure the taste of the crabs is equal to the price." This precious crab will go to a restaurant in Tokyo's Ginza district, where guests can taste for themselves.
"I think it's a good crab stuffed with meat," said Hamashita of the Japan Times to other rare or specialty foods. Here are four surprisingly expensive foods sold at recent auctions:
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French Burgundy Wine
The most expensive bottle of wine ever sold at auction is a 73-year-old bottle of French burgundy CNBC reported in October 2018 at over $ 558,000. Only 600 bottles of this type of wine were produced in 1945, which is why he is so sought after.
Used by Sotheby's, a The 60-year-old bottle of Macallan whiskey was sold in October for nearly $ 1.9 million. The whiskey was distilled in 1926, but bottled in 1986 according to USA Today.
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