A fish in Thailand which bears the colours of the Thai national flag has been bought for a record-breaking 53,500 baht ($1,530) at an online auction, making it the most expensive Betta fish to ever be sold.
Pictures of the Siamese fighting fish with its blue, red and white horizontal stripes mimicking the Thai flag, went viral after its breeder Kachen Worachai posted them on a private Betta fish auction group on Facebook.
Kachen said on Thursday that he expected someone to buy the fish for a few thousand baht but was shocked when the bid hit 10,000 baht ($285) on the second day.
“I never expected my fish to go for this price,” he said.
The fighting fish sold is also known as a halfmoon Betta, which are popular aquarium species and were once used for Betta fighting matches.
Kachen said that in most auctions, halfmoon Betta fish could fetch four-digit prices for the most beautiful and sought-after specimens.
Kachen was quoted by The Bangkok Post as saying that many people have tried breeding Siamese fighting fish with the colours of the Thai national flag but none have come close to resembling its exact design.
The new owner, Chuchart Lekdaeng, head of an ornamental fish group in Nakhon Pathom province, had reportedly named the fish “Trai Rong”, which literally translated to “three colours”, which is the name of the Thai national flag