How much money would you pay for a bird? A few hundred dollars or maybe even a few thousand dollars? One man recently paid a few hundred thousand dollars for a bird, a world record.
A Chinese businessman has paid a world record $398,500 for a Belgian pigeon, highlighting the huge and growing Asian interest in racing birds.
The one-year-old bird named Bolt, was bred by the world famous Leo Heremans, a well known name for pigeon enthusiasts, who sold his collection of 530 birds for $6 million at auction this week.
"It can be compared to fine artwork. A painting by Picasso is worth more than one made by an unknown artist. The same is with pigeons", Nikolaas Gyselbrecht, an owner of a pigeon auction site said Tuesday.
Because the bird was still young, his new Chinese owner could use it for breeding for at least another eight years, Gyselbrecht said.
“This is highway robbery and the buyer showed his stupidity. Anyone can have as many pigeons as they want for free. Just go outside and catch how many you like. There are probably billions of pigeons out there. I cannot believe that the breeder had a nerve to compare a pigeon to a Picasso painting,” Pearl Lee, 31, of Grand Island, Nebraska told YourJewishNews.com after being asked for comment on the $400,000 price tag.
Although the event drew interest from 27 countries, nine of the 10 most expensive pigeon sold at auction were purchased by customers from China and Taiwan, an auction spokesperson said.