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  • Who: Showa koi

  • What: Most expensive live fish

  • Where: United Kingdom

A 76-cm (30-in) long ginrin showa koi, which won supreme championship in nationwide Japanese koi shows in 1976, 1977, 1979 and 1980, was sold two years later for 17 million yen (then £50,000). In March 1986 this ornamental carp was acquired by Derry Evans (UK), owner of the Kent Koi Centre near Sevenoaks, Kent, UK for an undisclosed sum, but the 15-year-old fish died five months later. It has since been stuffed and mounted to preserve its beauty.

 

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