A single snow shell sold for $ 46,000 (or 5 million yen) at an auction in Tottori, Japan, CNN reported. Nicknamed the "Five Shining Star" for its impressive shape and thick legs, the 2.7-pound crab was purchased from Tetsuji Hamashita, president of a Japanese fishing wholesaler.
"I know it's extreme. But that's the custom," Hamashita told CNN about his purchase. Last year, a snow crab was sold for $ 18,000, which set a world record. Hamashita said it expects the price to be around 3 million yen or $ 27,000.
The reason why crabs are so expensive has to do with the time of sale. In Japan, it is considered a charter symbol for the purchase of the first and best crab caught on the first day of the crab fishing season, which was November 6, CNN reported. The snow crab season lasts only four months in Japan, from November to early March, making it an even more seasonal delicacy.
The water in Tottori is considered ideal for fishing for crabs as it is deep and clear, according to the Michelin Guide. Interestingly, in recent years, climate change has made it easier to fish for crabs in other parts of the world, such as the Barents Sea, as the ice seasons are less severe.
But that doesn't mean prices for snow crabs are going down. Snow crab prices hit record highs in 201
Hamashita told CNN that he was "sure that the taste of the crab was in line with the price." This precious crab will go to a restaurant in Tokyo's Ginza neighborhood, where dinners can taste for themselves.
"I believe it's a good meat-filled cancer," Hamashita told the Japan Times.
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After Kiyoshi Kimura, owner of a chain of sushi restaurants, paid $ 3.1 million per tonne in January, he told reporters. "I think I did it too much." The fish weighs 613 pounds and is sold for five times the expected price.
French Burgundy wine
The most expensive bottle of wine ever auctioned is 73-years-old. bottle of french burgundy, which went for a whopping $ 558,000, CNBC reported in October 2018. Only 19 45 bottles of this type of wine were produced in 1945, which is why it is so cherished.
considered the "holy grail" of Sotheby's Scottish whiskey, a 60-year-old Macallan whiskey bottle sold for almost $ 1.9 million in October, whiskey was distilled in 1926 but bottled in 1986, according to USA Today.
The two-hour bidding for a wheel of blue cheese Cabrales ended with a restaurant , who paid $ 16,000 in August 2018, according to Guinness World Records. Cheese cheese matures inside caves found in the limestone mountains of northern Spain, which are not usually accessible by car. Wheels must be rotated by hand and scrubbed for up to six months to produce the savory, salty taste of cheese.
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