Two South Africans just bought this pigeon for a record R5 million

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”.

Mark Kitchenbrand, Nikolaas Gyselbrecht and Samuel Mbiza raise a toast to the record breaking sale of Golden Prince (Pictures: Foto-KaSt)

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Two South Africans just bought this pigeon for a record R5 million