World Herding Dog Sold for Record-Breaking $35,200 AUD at Auction
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Training kelpies, a breed of herding dog popular among ranchers and farmers, has paid off in spades for the Lees of Victoria, Australia.
On Sunday, the family watched in "disbelief" as their two-year-and-four-month-old kelpie Eulooka Hoover sold for a staggering $35,200 AUD at the Casterton Kelpie Association's (CKA) Annual Working Dog Auction, smashing several records. The previous auction record, which was set in 2018, was $22,200; the previous national record, which was set in 2019, was $25,000, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).
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Dating back to the 18th century, a detailed 61-foot-long scroll has become one of the most expensive Chinese artworks ever to sell at auction. © Courtesy of Poly Auction The 61-foot-long artwork fetched 414 million yuan (almost $65 million) when it went under the hammer in Beijing on Sunday. The handscroll is the work of Xu Yang, who was recruited as a court painter by the Qianlong Emperor in the 1750s. It depicts scenes in Beijing during the aftermath of military campaigns to consolidate the emperor's power in China's west -- conflicts that would later form part of his so-called "Ten Great Campaigns.
Eulooka Hoover, fondly known as "Hoover," has a special way with livestock, his original owner, David Lee, says. Lee, his wife Sarah, and their two children reside in Edenhope, a town in western Victoria. Finding people willing to work in such rural areas these days is difficult, Lee says, so dogs as skilled as Hoover are more in demand than ever. "With the worker shortage and people not wanting to be on the farm, people are starting to recognize their worth," he told.
Lee was offered what he calls "a fair bit of money" for Hoover prior to the auction and declined, he says. Close friends told him he was nuts for not taking the offer, but he had a feeling Hoover would be popular among bidders—a feeling that has since been proven right. Even though Hoover has fetched an excellent price, no pun intended, Lee has mixed emotions about the dog's departure from his household.
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"The money's great, but it's still a piece of my life going out the door. But he's going to the right hands, someone that really recognizes good stockmanship," he told ABC.
Lee believes that Hoover's demonstrated well-roundedness was the source of his appeal. Most herding dogs, according to ABC, have an special knack for one facet of herding—paddock work or yard work. But Hoover is adept at both, making him a rare and, evidently, valuable talent.
"He's a super paddock dog, he's a powerhouse in the yard...he's just the complete package and it showed yesterday," CKA chairman Rob Pilmore said, according to 9 News.
Regardless of ability, $35,200 might seem like a lot to pay for a single dog. But Hoover's breeder, Robert Macklin, said Hoover was well worth it, according to 9 News.
"Worth every cent—what that dog will do for the next person will save him that money in two years," he said.
Bred specifically to withstand the harsh environmental conditions of southern Australia, kelpies have short hair and pricked ears. Like their progenitors, collie-esque dogs that were brought over from Scotland, they are alert, active, and extremely intelligent, according to the American Kennel Club.
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For many people, it's just another cute dog show, but for the serious dog lovers, the 145th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is no joke. © Stephanie Keith/Getty Images A Pug dog is judged while participating in the annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show on February 10, 2020 in New York City. And if you love going awwww over your furry friends, here's what you need to know: What is the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show?The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is the second oldest continuous sporting event in the United States, after the Kentucky Derby.
Moutai: Chinese liquor fetches $1.4 million at auction at Sotheby's UK .
A rare case of China's fiery national liquor has sold for more than $1 million, more than five times what experts had estimated it would fetch. © Courtesy Sotheby's The rare 1974 "Sun Flower" Kweichow Moutai sold at auction by Sotheby's this month. Sotheby's announced on Friday that it had sold a crate of the beloved spirit, Kweichow Moutai, for an eye-popping £1 million (almost $1.4 million) in London. That's the highest price ever paid at an auction for a single lot of Moutai outside China, according to the auction house.