- Kanemasa-Hamashita Shoten Co.,Ltd.
- 5,000,000 Japanese Yen
- Japan (Tottori, Tottori, Japan)
The most expensive crab sold at auction is JP¥5,000,000 (US$45,838.33; £35,711.47; €41,439.09), purchased by Kanemasa - Hamashita Shoten Co., Ltd. (Japan), sold at Tottori Prefectural Fisheries Cooperative Karo Branch, in Tottori, Tottori, Japan, on 7 November 2019.
The crab was Chionoecetes opilio, also known as snow crab, although it is called Matsuba crab in the region, its shell was 14.6 cm wide, weighed 1.24 kg. The price is the bid price at the auction excluding tax. The buyer paid 5,400,000 JPY including 8% of Japanese consumption tax. Tottori Prefectural Government brands their top quality Matsuba crab as "Itsukiboshi" (5 shining star crab), having strict criteria. Matsuba crabs are only available for 5 months of the year, from November until March.