Pigeon Known as Lionel Messi of Racing Birds Sells for 14 Million

first_imgStay on target A champion racing pigeon named Armando was sold for a world record $1.4 million (€1.2 million) in auction on Sunday, making it the most expensive bird sold in auction.The auction house Pipa, which oversaw the online auction for Armando, said the pigeon is the “best Belgian long-distance pigeon of all time” with a record that is unmatched.“In football terms you have [Lionel] Messi and Ronaldo — it’s that level,” Nikolaas Gyselbrecht, Pipa founder and chief executive, said.The 5-year-old Armando, who is now retired and has already fathered a number of chicks, was sold to a buyer from China, where bird racing enjoys growing popularity.Before this sale, the record for a pigeon was $429,000 (€376,000), but Armando beat the record within a day of being put up for bids, according to Pipa.Image Credit: Pipa“In our wildest dreams, we had never hoped for a price like [€1.2 million],” Gyselbrecht told the BBC. “We hoped for around €400,000 to €500,000, and we only dreamed of €600,000.”Joël Verschoot, Armando’s owner, told the Guardian the record-breaking sale price was “the crowning glory of all those years in the pigeon sport.”Armando’s last races were the 2018 Ace Pigeon championship, the 2019 Pigeon Olympiad, and the Angoulême, all of which he won. He will reportedly be bred with a hen waiting in China.More on Geek.com:‘Miracle’ Coin That Saved WWI Soldier’s Life Up for AuctionWhy Are Pigeons So Good at Surviving Cities?This Tiny Bird Made One of the Longest Migrations Ever (And It Was Wearing a ‘Backpack’) Alligators Spotted ‘Swimming’ in Road, Climbing Fences in FloridaBaby Dugong That Became Internet Star Dies After Ingesting Plastic last_img

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