Record price paid for pigeon
Most homeowners have a few of them and consider them a nuisance. One Japanese man, however, just paid €170,000 for a pigeon. The record price was paid for Euro Diamond, a “super pigeon”.
The sale took place online last week, organised by the auction house Pigeon Paradise (PiPa) in Knesselare, East Flanders. The sale lasted for two days, and 151 birds were sold. PiPa owner Nikolaas Gyselbrecht hopes that the total raised tops one million euros, which would be largely thanks to the huge interest in Euro Diamond.
Euro Diamond is an eight-year-old male, with an impressive record of long-distance races won, mainly between 2004 and 2007. That's when he stopped, around the usual age for racing pigeons, to enjoy a retirement of veneration and the occasional siring of offspring. The two German owners were offered €200,000 for him a few years ago, but they preferred to keep him for his stud value.
Intense competition among pigeon-fanciers — or colombophiles — in the far east is responsible for pushing up pigeon prices in recent times, as the sport becomes more popular there. Belgium, Gyselbrecht says, is where they come first for the best birds.