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Belgian pigeon sells for $1.6m in high-stakes bird auction

New Kim is worth her weight in gold and then some – much, much more.

A wealthy Chinese pigeon racing enthusiast put a record cost of 1.6 million euros ($1.9 million) for its Belgian-bred bird on Sunday.

Throughout a feverish last half an hour after an auction in the Pipa pigeon center, two Chinese bidders working under the pseudonyms Super Duper and Hitman drove up the cost since they bid against each other.

The last bid left the preceding album that Belgian-bred Armando brought last year nicely behind, by 350,000 euros ($406,000).

Super-Duper obtained the fish, and supporting the pseudonym is reported to be the same wealthy Chinese industrialist who had Armando, permitting for breeding together with both pricey birds.

Sunday’s bidding was evidence again the once-quaint game, which appeared destined to decline just a couple of decades ago, today has a brand new, elitist overseas lease on life.

Leading breeders relying upon generations of family experience is now able to sell their critters for costs indicative of only a decade before, and frequently China is their destination.

Leading breeders relying upon generations of family experience is now able to sell their critters for costs indicative of only a decade before, and frequently China is their destination.

With this event, effective breeder Gaston Van de Wouwer retired in 76, and also his son had overly busy a specialist life to keep the famed pigeon coop.

Each of 445 birds was set up for auction and the general sale was pushing the last 6 million euros ($7 million).

Another area of the market is ending Monday but did not contain any bird which may match New Kim.

Belgians have stood as the top breeders, both due to their generations-long experience along with also the density of a community where many breeders may organize races near together.

It is not a short term effort, but since getting proficient at genetic breeding together with the continuous mixing and breeding of birds takes decades or even decades.

Birds can live up to 15 decades.