Two South African pigeon farmers paid a record R5 million to buy a racing pigeon in Belgium.
The Belgian pigeon, called “Golden Prince” was put up for auction by conservation group Pipa, and with a closing bid of €360,000 (R4.94 million), has now become the most expensive pigeon ever sold, replacing the former record holder “Bolt”, which sold for €310,000 (R4.25 million) in 2010.
According to Pipa, the winning bidders were South Africans Mark Kitchenbrand and Samuel Mbiza, two pigeon farmers from Gauteng, who outbid a Chinese syndicate in the auction.
Belgium enjoys a long-time tradition in the breeding of racing pigeons, and buyers often come from all over the world to acquire them.
Golden Prince’s previous owner was Gino Clicque, a Belgian breeder from Wevelgem, who auctioned off 405 of his pigeons online – for a combined price of R30 million.
The bird was described as “one of the best long distance pigeons ever”.