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Belgian racing pigeon fetches record $1.9M
HALLE, Belgium (AP) — A racing pigeon named New Kim is worth her weight in gold and then some.
A wealthy Chinese pigeon racing fan paid a record price of 1.6 million euros ($1.9 million) for the 2-year-old Belgian-bred bird.
At the end of a two-week auction at the Pipa pigeon center on Nov. 15, two Chinese bidders drove up the price by 280,000 euros ($325,000), surpassing by 350,000 euros ($406,000) the previous record that Belgian-bred Armando fetched last year.
It is proof that an age-old Western European hobby popular among working-class men now has a new, foreign elitist lease of life. Top breeders relying on generations of family experience can now sell their birds for prices unheard of only a decade ago, with many bound for China.