Someone on this planet paid $1.4 million for a pigeon.
Specifically, a Chinese man paid $1.4 million for a Belgian racing pigeon at an auction.
The website that sold Armando is called PIPA, and they describe the seven-figure flyer as the GOAT when it comes to long-distance pigeon racing. CNN adds that he has been compared to the Lewis Hamilton of racing pigeons, though there’s got to be a better way to translate that for American audiences.
Armando’s bidding reportedly went way up in just an hour, as it jumped from $600,000 to $1.4 million. Jiangming Liu, an employee at PIPA in China, said that those at the company thought he’d bring in some serious dollars, but nowhere near what his final figure was. PIPA adds that Armando was the most expensive bird ever to be hocked at auction by a considerable sum. In fact, the bird believed to be second (Nadine) went for a comparitvely low (but still pricey as f*ck for a bird!) $450,000.
The Belgian breeder who parted with Armando, Joel Verschoot, has now auctioned off 178 pigeons for more than $2.5 million total. Seven of those 178 have been Armando’s offspring.
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