If you had £1.5m laying around, what would you spend it on? A new house? A new car? Maybe a private island?
I am sure that there are loads of different things you would rush out to buy.
But I am going to stick my beak out here and hazard a guess that you probably would not spend £1.5m on a pigeon, right?
But that is precisely how much a pigeon sold for recently at an auction. And we aren’t talking about an eBay auction either.
The pigeon, called ‘New Kim’ is, in fact, a racing pigeon. And the £1.5m price tag has just set a new world record.
The starting bid for ‘New Kim’ was just under £200.
However, a price war in the closing moment of the auction meant that the final price was a whopping £1.5m.
Like many of you, I am used to getting into bidding wars on eBay for replacement iPhone charges.
But the mind boggles at just how a starting bid of £200 ends up in a final bid of £1.5m.
Reports are that two Chinese bidders sent the price ‘flying’ during the last 30 minutes of the intense auction.
One of the mystery, but minted bidders, known only as “Super Duper” ended up with the winning bid and is now the proud ‘owner’ of the pricey pigeon.
Speaking to Reuters, the bird’s former owner Kurt Van de Wouwer said he was ‘in shock’ after hearing the fantastic news.
He said: “The only thing I can see is we are in total shock.”
Nikolaas Gyselbrecht, the CEO and founder of the auction house Pipa, told Reuters: “These record prices are unbelievable because this is a female.
“Usually a male is worth more than a female because it can produce more offspring.”
I am not sure about you, but I am trying to figure out how the new owner of ‘New Kim’ is going to prevent her from going AWOL during a race?
If you know, then let us all know in the comments below!