Mark Kitchebrand and Samuel Mbiza, two South African farmers from Gauteng have paid a whopping €360 000 (R4,9 million) for Golden Prince – one of the world’s most famous racing pigeons, reports online racing pigeon auction site PIPA.
They made the purchase over the weekend at the Gino Clicque auction, one of the world’s most popular pigeon auctioning events in Belgium. Not only did they pay a big price for the prized bird but the duo also broke a record. Golden Prince is now officially the most expensive pigeon ever sold in history.
The record was previously held by a pigeon named Bolt that had been purchased for €310 000 (R4,28 million) back in 2010.
“In the end, we had a close call between two Chinese bidders and a combination from South Africa: Samuel Mbiza & Mark Kitchenbrand. “They had travelled all the way to Belgium and they showed their intentions by taking the initiative on Golden Prince already in the opening hours,” PIPA writes.
“They were never out of contention, eventually placing the winning bid: a record breaking €360,000.”
Watch it unfold in the video below:
PIPA recently updated their list of the most expensive pigeons ever sold in auction and here they are:
1. Golden Prince € 360 000 (R4,9 million)
2. Bolt € 310 000 (R4,28 million)
3. Safier Kweekkoppel € 270 000 (R3,73 million)
4. Dolce Vita € 250 400 (R3,45 million)
5. Nikolaas € 244 000 (R3,37 million)
– Additional source: PIPA