A racing pigeon named Bolt officially became the most expensive pigeon in the world earlier this week when a Chinese businessman bought him at auction for $400,000. The pigeon, who is named after Olympic superstar Usain Bolt, sold at Belgiums Pipa auction house, according to the AP. The previous record price for a pigeon was $322,000.
Trained silk high-necked gown, Cleveland, 1890s. Gray 2-piece dress embroidered with white floral in satin stitch and French knots. Pigeon-breasted bodice with Irish crochet neck insert and trim bands on shoulder over-panels, upper puffed sleeves and fitted elbow bands. Skirt has tucks at front and side waist, back gathers, and a silk faille underskirt with pleated hem band. Whitaker Auctions
Also among the highlights of the auction is a 6.04-carat Burmese ruby and diamond ring by Etcetera with an estimate of $2.5 million – $3.8 million. This cushion-shaped stone that hasn’t been treated with heat possesses the most desirable “pigeon’s blood red” color and and an extraordinary degree of transparency, Christie’s says. Burmese rubies over 5 carats, particular those gems that have not undergone any thermal enhancement, are extremely rare.
BATTENBURG LACE AFTERNOON GOWN, c. 1902.2-piece black lace over marigold cotton sateen having pigeon breasted bodice with 3/4 bell sleeve and side closure, trained skirt with deep hem flounce. B-36, W-27, L-44 with 15 inch train. (Few broken brides, waistband torn, cotton lining probably not original) good. Whitaker Auctions.