World record price paid for Belgian racing pigeon Bolt

  • 21 May 2013
Bolt and his friends

A Belgian racing pigeon called Bolt has been sold to a Chinese businessman for a world record price of 310,000 euros (£260,000: $400,000).

The pigeon is named after the Olympic gold-winning Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt.

It is expected that the new owner will use Bolt for breeding more birds.

Bolt was bred by celebrated Belgian pigeon fancier Leo Heremans, who sold his entire collection at the same auction.

The buyers of nine of the ten most expensive pigeons sold at the auction were from China or Taiwan.

In 2011, a UK record was set for the price of a racing pigeon when one was sold for £16,000, also to a Chinese buyer.