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Rare bird book under hammer

books Updated: Sep 14, 2010 02:22 IST

Reuters
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A rare book by America's most famous bird artist, John James Audubon, billed as the most expensive in the world, is going under the hammer in December, in London.

Birds of America, which is estimated to sell for between 4 million and 6 million pounds ($6.2-$9.2 million), was said by auctioneer Sotheby’s to have inspired generations of ornithologists. When a copy of the book with hand-colored, life-size prints of birds was last sold in 2000 by rival firm Christie’s, it set a world record price for a printed book, fetching $8.8 million.