A Chinese buyer paid a record-breaking 1.4 million dollars for a racing pigeon

Meet Armando, a racing pigeon which was bought at a recent auction for a jaw-dropping USD 1.4 million. Yes, you heard it right – two Chinese buyers pursued this bidding war which reached a sum of $603,000 before reaching its final winning bid of a million dollars.

Described as “the Lewis Hamilton of pigeons”, Armando is proudly carrying the title of Belgium’s best long distance bird of all time. Part of a flock of 178 pigeons that sold for $2.7 million, the flock also includes seven of his offspring.

Joël Verschoot, the seller of the pigeons, tells The Guardian, “I spent 12 hours a day working with the pigeons since taking up the hobby. This is a crowning glory of all those years in the pigeon sport. The icing on the cake,” he said.

While Jiangming Liu, a representative for PIPA in China, definitely anticipated a high bid, he was astonished with the seven-figure bid. The $1.4 million trumped the previous record of $427,000 said PIPA.