We didn’t even know long-distance homing pigeon racing was a thing (what a world!), let alone that there’s a GOAT in the sport: a Belgian pigeon named Armando. This past weekend the multi-record holding bird was up for auction at the Pigeon Paradise auction site (seriously, what a world). The Australian Broadcasting Corporation reports Armando sold for nearly three times the previous record high price for a competitive flyer ($600,236), going for 1,252,000 euros, which is $1.99 million. The winning bid, which was much higher than anyone expected, came from an anonymous Chinese buyer.
Armando the pigeon, the beautiful Lewis Hamilton pigeon of pigeon racing pic.twitter.com/M3TEXlLvsi
— Tom Rabe (@Rabe9) March 19, 2019
World’s fastest flyer or not, this obviously seems like an insane price, but apparently this sport we didn’t even know about five seconds ago is big in China, where prizes can reach seven digits.
Armando wasn’t the only member of his family sold. Seven of his offspring were also auctioned, for an average price of nearly $245,000. His new owner will make back some of his investment via breeding, just like how winning race horses are put out to stud for huge fees. So big weekend for Armando! And to think, we thought a pigeon only cost some stale bread and a willingness to risk disease. But in fairness we didn’t know the pigeons had their own GOAT. You always gotta pay for a GOAT.
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