We’ve heard of versions of John James Audubon’s “The Birds of America” being sold for millions before; $10 million to be precise. Now, another edition of these iconic staggeringly expensive books will be auctioned for anywhere between $7 million to $10 million. Complete with beautiful illustrations of 400 life-size North American birds put together in four fabulous volumes, these 3½ -feet-tall books are a work of art and history combined. Containing hand-colored prints of just about every Northern American bird Audubon was aware of at the time, the books are being sold by the 4th Duke of Portland’s heirs. They will be auctioned at Christie’s come January 20th.
The rare first edition of Audubon’s “The Birds of America” fetched $7.9 million.