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WorldBelgian pigeon flies high in record 1.25 million euros auction

06:10  18 march  2019
06:10  18 march  2019 Source:   msn.com

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A Belgian racing pigeon called Bolt has been sold to a Chinese businessman for a world record price of 310,000 euros (£260,000: 0,000). It is expected that the new owner will use Bolt for breeding more birds. The buyers of nine of the ten most expensive pigeons sold at the auction were from

BRUSSELS (AP) — Flying high above Europe's economic crisis, a local lightning-fast pigeon called Bolt became the world's most expensive racing bird when his Belgian The full auction of the Leo Heremans coop, 530 birds in all, also yielded a world record of 4.345 million euros (.58 million )

Belgian pigeon flies high in record 1.25 million euros auction© Provided by AFP Homing pigeons are raced by releasing them sometimes hundreds of kilometres from home, with the first back home winning

A star racing pigeon named Armando has fetched a record 1.25 million euros in an online auction, Belgian media reported Sunday.

The prized bird -- Belgian's best long-distance racer of all time according to those in the know -- was snapped up by a Chinese buyer for a princely sum that caused a flutter of excitement among fanciers.

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Denis has won high national ace pigeon awards, provincials, and has had an Olympic pigeon . Ludo Claessens: Considered to have been one of the best middle distance fanciers anywhere for over 25 years. When Claessens left the sport in 2009, his record setting auction earned over one million

Flying high above Europe's economic crisis, a lightning-fast pigeon named Bolt has become the world's most expensive racing bird after its Belgian Nikolaas Gyselbrecht, CEO of the auction house Pipa, said: "One of the reasons there is no economic impact is that buyers are spread around the globe.

Armando had been expected to break the previous record of 376,000 euros ($425,000) paid for a pigeon called Nadine -- but not by such a wide margin.

"Earlier this week it became clear that Armando would be the most expensive pigeon ever sold in an online auction," wrote the specialist website Pigeon Paradise (Pipa.be).

"However, no one expected that the magical cap of a million euros would be pulverised," it added. The final amount was 1,252,000 euros.

Pigeon Paradise did not say who had bought the pigeon, but according to the Belgian news agency Belga it was a Chinese buyer who will no doubt use his new acquisition to breed other champions.

Armando was just one of more than a hundred birds sold by respected Belgian breeder Joel Verschoot.

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Pieter Veenstra auctioned 245 pigeons on the Belgian website Pigeon Paradise, or PIPA, for over £1.6 million , including the record -breaking hen, of the Dolce Vita breed. His purchase beat the previous bestselling pigeon , euro Diamond sold for £142,000 in November last year.

Rich Chinese pigeon fanciers are offering tens of thousands of euros to buy Belgian champions, to the despair of local pigeon -lovers unable to compete in such sky- high auction bids. A voiced AFPTV report.

Verschoot's stable of pigeons is based in Ingelmunster, in the west of Belgium, and his online auction of his pigeons has been open for several weeks.

By Sunday, the family had sold 178 pigeons for around two million euros.

Homing pigeons are raced by releasing them sometimes hundreds of kilometres from home, with the first back home winning.

Racing them is a tradition in Belgium, Britain, northern France and the Netherlands, although it has been going into decline.

But interest from Asian buyers in recent years has given the practice a new lease of life.

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