February 16, 2012

Audubon’s ‘Birds of America’ fetches $7.9M in NYC

A rare first edition of John James Audubon‘s illustrated “The Birds of America” depicting more than 400 life-size North American species in four monumental volumes was purchased at auction for $7.9 million.

Christie’s auction house identified the buyer as an American collector who bid by phone.

The winning bid was within the presale estimate of $7 million to $10 million for the work, considered a masterpiece of ornithology art.

Another complete first edition of “The Birds of America” sold at Sotheby’s in London in December 2010 for $11.5 million, a record for the most expensive printed book sold at auction.

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