As far as expensive fish goes, nothing tops the Pacific Bluefin in terms of exorbitant prices as in $1.76 million for one fish. That’s not a typo, $1.76 million was the winning bid for an enormous 489 pound Pacific Bluefin that was auctioned off at Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market on January 5, 2013, setting a new price record – nearly three times the one set in 2012.
These ridiculously high priced fish are purchased by sushi restaurant owners and they are not likely to recoup their investment back on selling the sushi made from this fish, even though specimen can yield 10,000 pieces itself. However, the publicity generated in winning these auctions is probably more what drives these high prices.
There’s a koi that supposedly sold for a $1,000,000 in the 1980’s which would be twice that in today’s dollars.
Here’s a video of a champion koi worth $60,000:
So, as a side note, want to know what the most expensive aquarium fish in the world is?
A platinum arowana. Considered a genetic anomaly like albinoism , a platinum arowana is a rare find and as such, its value has apparently reached $400,000.