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Why would someone pay R27 million for a pigeon? Winning at all costs; that's why

17 November 2020 1:59 PM
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Lester Kiewit interviews George le Roux (President of the South African National Pigeon Organisation).

A racing pigeon from Belgium has set a new world record for the most-expensive bird ever sold.

R27 million?! Holy pigeon pooh!

RELATED: Chinese man (alias 'Hitman') outbids 'Super Duper' to buy racing pigeon for R27m


The starting price was set at $200 but two Chinese bidders – with aliases ‘Hitman’ (the eventual winner) and ‘Super Duper’ – became embroiled in a frantic bidding war, driving the price up to $1.8 million (R27.7 million).

… The breeder is in shock…

Adam Gilchrist - UK correspondent

In 2017, two South Africans paid R5 million for a Belgian racing pigeon which, at the time, was a world record.

Mark Kitchenbrand and Samuel Mbiza outbid a Chinese syndicate to become the owners of “Golden Prince”; described as “one of the best long-distance pigeons ever”.

We want to win at any price.

Mark Kitchenbrand

RELATED: ‘Why I paid R5 million for a pigeon’


Lester Kiewit asked George le Roux (President of the South African National Pigeon Organisation) why anyone would pay R27 million for a bird.

Racing pigeons are the racehorses of the sky… They’re the same as horses…

George le Roux, President - South African National Pigeon Organisation

Her pedigree… Her great-grandmother, her father and half-sister; all of them had very good results…

George le Roux, President - South African National Pigeon Organisation

Listen to the interview in the audio below.


17 November 2020 1:59 PM
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South African National Pigeon Organisation

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