Extinct bird auctioned at record price

Extinct bird auctioned at record price
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Extinct bird auctioned at record price

(Photo: Webb’s Auction House)

Auckland: A feather of the extinct Hoya bird has become the world’s most expensive feather sold at a New Zealand auction house for a record price of $28,417.

According to Webb’s auction house, the feather was expected to sell for $1,800, but its record auction price hopefully shattered the previous record. Earlier, this record was set by a feather of the same bird sold for $5,150 in 2010.

The hoia bird was considered sacred among the Maori people and its feathers were worn by chiefs and their families.

The last confirmed sighting of the hoya bird was in 1907. However, several unconfirmed sightings of the bird were reported over the next 30 years.

Leah Morris, head of decorative arts at Webb’s Auction House, said in a news release that it is “delightful that this rare piece of history has found a buyer at such a high price.” It highlights the fragility of our environment and the importance of the wildlife that inhabits it.

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